At first glance this may look like your standard chocolate/vanilla swirled soft serve, but it most definitely is not. It's the latest offering from Kyotofu, the Japanese dessert restaurant/bakery/tofu shrine in Hell's Kitchen. Added to the menu at the beginning of June, the soft serve is made entirely from soy milk, and the flavors change every Tuesday. This week you can choose between, or swirl, chocolate black soybean and white sesame, and for $3.85 you get a small cup plus one of six toppings, which include two kinds of mochi, Kuromitsu whipped cream, compote, fresh fruit, or Mugi-choco, a chocolate covered puffed barley (which you can tell from the photo above, won out.)
Casual soft serve fans may not see what the big deal is, but ice cream thrillseekers will appreciate the beaniness of the chocolate, and the slightly-grainy-in-a-good-way nuttiness of the white sesame. If the thought of another cone at Mister Softee bores you to tears, Kyotofu has your new favorite summertime treat.
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