[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Hojicha ice cream is the star of the dessert menu at Soba Koh, but the Black Sesame Pudding ($5) is also a solid bet when you crave something out of the ordinary. The pudding is closer to a chilled jelly in texture, albeit a creamy jelly with an abundance of toasted, ground black sesame seeds in each spoonful. It's barely sweet and topped with a bit of whipped cream for balance. For those who want a lighter dessert, go for the Green Tea Mousse ($5). Served in a tall glass with azuki beans, it's a whipped and airy mousse with green tea notes on the stronger side.

Soba Koh

309 East 5th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map)

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.

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