By Nadine Kam
Today was the opening day of Kulu Kulu's third Hawaii location, this one in the Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki.
For the occasion, the popular Japanese pastry shop introduced soft-serve ice cream with two locally sourced flavors, Maui vanilla bean and 100 percent Big Island Kona coffee. The soft-serve is exclusive to the RHC location.
Kulu Kulu introduced its newest jelly drink, Tropical Lemonade Jelly, a half-half layer of soft lemonade jelly topped with your choice of black, green or hibiscus iced tea, for a current price of $4.25. Different shops offer different flavors.
The newest shop also features Maui vanilla custard pudding, Kona coffee pudding and the "Honolulu Banana," a fluffy mini dessert "omelet" confection of locally sourced apple bananas topped with chocolate or plain cream, wrapped in sponge cake, offered in addition to its original classics such as the Diamond Head (chocolate cream) puff, multi-flavor roll cakes and green tea tiramisu.———————
Kulu Kulu is in the second-floor Paina Lanai Food Court at Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalakaua Ave. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 931-0915.
Not to be outdone, the Kulu Kulu Eaton Square location is about to debut a new dessert set to win over calorie counters.
In a spin-off of Kulu Kulu's signature light strawberry shorcake, chief technical pastry chef Taka Horiki—who was trained at the renowned Japanese shave ice shop, Sebastian, in Tokyo (Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku)—uses shave ice, whipped cream and freshmade strawberry syrup to create his cakeless confection. The only calories come from the whipped cream and fresh strawberries with just a dash of added sugar.
Because of the time needed to create the strawberry shortcake shave ice ($10), quantities will be limited.
The Strawberry Shortcake Shave Ice will be introduced May 22 at the Kulu Kulu booth at the Honolulu Ekiden & Music Festival at Kapiolani Park before its official launch May 23 at Kulu Kulu Eaton Square, at 438 Hobron Lane. Call 931-0506.
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