On my lists of must try foods and something many people at the cooking class recommended was salt ice cream. I determined that after the class I would find some. Gina had suggested a local shop in the market called Nuchi Soft Serve Ice Cream By ぬちまーす which looks very cute but I didn’t end up having time/ space in my stomach to try. Instead while heading out of the market I found a souvenir shop with an ice cream sign outside and filled to the brim with salt.
Local Okinawan salt, Japanese salt, salt from all around the world, salt for food, for beauty and for your bath. I wandered around for a bit struck with a thought. One of my friends was about to move into a place with a bathtub for the first time in over 10 years. She had requested I bring her back bath salts and another friend absolutely loves wasabi.
So while I wandered around I made it a goal to try and find both. I managed. I found local Okinawan bath salts towards the back of the shop and in the front after some taste testing and asking the staff (wasabi where I was looking was the only one without English) I found it. Then I found it outside of a glass jar and in a little packet. I got that for my friend.
I went back and forth about getting salt for myself for cooking but decided against it. As much fun as having Yuzu or special rice salt the most I could bring myself to do was a couple bath salt packets. Moving back stateside deterred a lot of shopping for myself.
But before I left I did get a soft serve salt ice cream. They had a couple different flavors and types (all of their ice cream had a salt ice cream base) but I went with an original small in a cup.
You have two options at that point of where to go. You can take your ice cream and walk into the back of the shop and take a seat and go through all the salts they have set out specifically for the ice cream to sample, in a relaxed atmosphere.
They suggested I do this, however I wanted to keep going. I wanted to stop by the hotel and drop off the things I’d bought and my cook book. So instead I stood next to the ice cream pick up and sampled the couple of flavors of salt they had there.
It essentially meant I was putting more salt on my salt ice cream. But it was good and very light. I added hibiscus salt, yuzu salt and then just dumped a ton of chocolate salt on it before walking off.
The shop I went to is not the only place to try Yukisio soft serve salt ice cream. There are several other shops in within walking distance. But the one I went to was a perfect souvenir shopping and sampling spot. The location I went to in the market is open from 9:30am until 9pm daily.