Yopparai has two desserts options on the menu. The first is this Sake Kasu Ice Cream ($7), housemade from sake lees—the by-product of sake production—and it bears a texture that's like a cross between traditional ice cream and soft serve. It's silky but refreshing, with subtle rice and sake notes, but light on the finish.
Yopparai also offers a particularly fine Shave Ice ($6) topped with flavored sake—your pick from tangerine, plum, or yuzu. We prefer the latter for the bright and sweet-tart whip of yuzu in each spoonful.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.