Potato salads that look like gelato cones

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is serving up gelato cones that don’t melt – they’re actually potato salads. 

Hokkaido is Japan’s top potato producing region, and they produce over 30 varieties of potatoes. At Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, you’ll get to try up to 6 varieties of potatoes paired with various sweet and savoury ingredients.

100 types of “gelato” cones

potato salad gelato - 100 types of flavours
Image credit: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

From 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020, Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, located in Hokkaido, will be offering 100 types of “gelato” cones. Don’t let the bright colours deceive youthese are actually potato salads in disguise. 

The event will be held at the Tsukino Cafe & Bar in Hoshino Resorts Tomamu from 3PM-9PM daily. You don’t have to be a resort guest to enter. If you’re up for a scoop, it’s ¥364 (~USD3.41) per serving, while a platter of 10 recommended flavours costs ¥2,272 (~USD21.29).

potato salad gelato - platter of 10 recommended flavours
Image credit: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

6 different varieties of potatoes are used for the salads and paired with other ingredients, such as Tomamu milk and wasabi, to create both sweet and savoury flavours. The selection includes flavours like salmon roe, salted kombu (Japanese seaweed), asparagus and kinako (roasted soybean flour).

Hokkaido liquor pairings

potato salad gelato - hokkaido liquor pairings
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Tsukino has also specially curated 10 Hokkaido liquors to pair with the 100 types of potato salads. You will be able to purchase a pairing set consisting of a scoop of potato salad and a glass of Hokkaido liquor at ¥1,090 (~USD10.22).

potato salad gelato - salmon roe with wine
Salmon roe potato salad paired with locally produced Pinot Noir from 10R winery
Image credit: Hoshino Resort Tomamu

potato salad gelato - salted kombu with sake
Salted kombu (Japanese seaweed) potato salad paired with a glass of Asahi Kamuy Junmai Daiginjo (locally brewed highest grade of sake)
Image credit: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

Potato festival 2019

potato salad gelato - potato festival 2019
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Back in September 2019, a similar potato event was held at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, but there were only 14 varieties of the potato salads then. Fast forward to 2020 and they have increased their repertoire to 100 types.

potato salad gelato - 2 flavours 2019
Shadow queen potato with bacon (left) and Inca no Mezame potato with Tomamu milk (right)
Images adapted from: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu and Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

Potato salad turned gelato cones

From coriander potato chips to wasabi KitKat, the Japanese are true innovators when it comes to food. No wonder they’re able to come up with so many different combinations of potato salads that actually look good and taste good. If Hoshino Resorts Tomamu comes up with more interesting food combinations, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Tsukino Cafe & Bar (within Hoshino Resorts Tomamu)
Address: Naka-tomamu, Shimukappu, Yufutsu District, Hokkaido 079-2204, Japan
Cafe opening hours: Daily, 7AM-9AM and 12PM-10PM (last order at 9PM)
Event hours: Daily, 3PM-9PM
Telephone: 0167-58-1111

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Cover image adapted from: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

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