Today, I found a freezer case with a delicious surprise – ice cream in the flavors of green tea, red bean, plum and lychee. You’ve probably ordered the ice cream at your favorite Japanese or Thai restaurant, but pints can prove difficult to find at a typical neighborhood grocery store.
I found the ice cream today while store grazing at Paldo World, a Korean grocery store just off of 320th and Pacific Highway in Federal Way. And now that it’s sunny (sort of), it’s really ice cream season, right?
For some palates, ice cream made with matcha, or green tea powder, is an acquired taste. If you’ve never tried it, take what you know about green tea and apply it to the concept of a frozen dessert. Can’t get your mind wrapped around that notion? Think earthy, sweet and creamy with a concentrated dose of green tea. It’s a flavor that’s entered the mainstream, for sure. Even Haagen-Dazs makes its own version.
Red bean may be just a little more difficult to conceptualize for your palate if you’ve never tried it. The texture can be, well, beany. Maybe chalky is more accurate. The sweetness and creaminess tempers that mealy mouthfeel, though. If you’ve had red bean mochi, you’ll understand it more. Lychee and plum sherbet are as fruity as fruity gets. Delicious, refreshing and tartly sweet.
At PalDo World, you can find green tea ice cream by the pint and quart ($3.49, $4.99) and red bean (azuki) ice cream by the half gallon ($7.99). Lychee sherbet ($3.49 for a pint) and plum sherbet ($3.49) also is for sale.
Where: 2200 S 320th St., Federal Way
South Tacoma Way location: 9601 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253-581-7800