The Latest Japanese Dessert Trend: Ice Cream Ramen

Just when you thought we'd hit maximum Japanese dessert trend capacity, ice cream ramen started to flood our social feeds.

Intriguing – and slightly off-putting – at first glance, the ice cream ramen dessert dish oddly doesn’t contain either ice cream or ramen noodles. In fact, its formation and origin is really the only ramen-y thing about it.

The ‘ice cream’ component consists of crushed ice covered in condensed milk, while the ‘noodles’ are actually traditional Japanese noodles called kanten, made from algae.

Like the highly-coveted raindrop cake, the ‘noodles’ are translucent and jelly-like in appearance. The crushed ice, condensed milk and kanten are then topped with fresh fruit and sugary syrups to really give it that ramen aesthetic. 

With different sauce flavours and noodle colours, this Japanese dessert definitely lends itself to an Instagram snap or two.


Kanten aka dessert ramen! ???? #thedessertkitchen #kanten #beautiful #foodporn #soamazing

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Vegan or lactose-intolerant dessert lovers can slurp their way through a bowl too by replacing the condensed milk with equally delicious coconut milk. 

If you need to see it to believe it, The Dessert Kitchen in Melbourne were quick to jump on the trend and are already plating up their own version: ice stream ramen.


Ice ramen in chinatown ????.. #kenapakauambilfotoku @sonputra  #melbourne #australia #ice #ramen #thedessertkitchen

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Weird is what it is. But hey - we're always up for trying things once (and we're a bit weird anyway). 

Top image credit: @thedessertkitchenau and @iamjelly


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