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Sunday, January 10, 2016

JPN: Blue Seal (ブルーシール)

"Born in America, raised in Okinawa" :)

What a catchy slogan, don't you think? The history of Blue Seal can be traced back to 1948 as a factory to supply dairy products for the US military personnel stationed in Okinawa, Japan at that time. It is now a famous ice cream chain that can practically be found everywhere throughout Okinawa.

Each of the Double Scoop Ice Cream Cup costs ¥560 (~S$6.90). I shall review the flavours from left to right. Pika's advice: If Okinawa isn't in your itinerary, you can find Blue Seal in other places, such as Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Kansai International Airport in Osaka. I'm not too sure if they have the local Okinawan flavours though.

Shiiquasa Sherbet - Taste: 8/10
Ube - Taste: 9/10

Shiiquasa (シィークワーサー) is a kind of citrus fruit akin to lime that's native to Okinawa (and Taiwan). Made into sherbet, it was refreshingly sweet and sour. I enjoyed the purple yam ice cream better though, as it was highly creamy and velvety.

Egg Nog - Taste: 8/10
Okinawan Salt Cookies - Taste: 9/10

I was surprised to find the limited edition egg nog flavour that's based on a traditional beverage made of milk, whipped eggs, sugar and spirits. It was pretty sweet with a hint of cinnamon taste. Even better was the smooth vanilla ice cream with delightful cookies and Okinawan salt. 

Caramel Macchiato - Taste: 8/10
San Francisco Mint Chocolate - Taste: 8.5/10

The caramel macchiato was pretty rich, but it slightly fell short of my expectations as the coffee and caramel fragrance could definitely be more intense. The mint chocolate flavour fared better with its desirable coolness and substantial chocolate chips.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8.5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

Below is the exterior of the shop I visited that day. I can't really remember what's that Pink Dracula's downstairs.

The Mihama American Village nearby is a pretty large entertainment complex with lots of shops, restaurants and a ferris wheel.

Below is a view taken when I was riding on the ferris wheel.

Blue Seal

9-1 Mihama
2/F Depot Island Building
Chatan, Okinawa
(Sun-Thu: 10.00am - 11.00pm; Fri-Sat: 10.00am - 12 midnight)

*Prices quoted are nett prices.

Have a nice meal,

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