Opened for about a week and a half, Japan has revamped the old Kakigori refreshment cart into a newer, expanded menu outlet called the “Kabuki Café.” This café is named after the traditional Japanese theater art form which originated in Japan around 1603, originally with female performers. This form of theater was popular among the common folk, rather than Japan’s elite. If you look on the roof of the kiosk, you will see two art prints of actors from that period.
The new refreshment stand sports a bigger menu, with the emphasis on portability. Many of the offerings are made so you can nosh and walk around World Showcase. Have no fear, the original and popular shaved ice, Kakigori is still on the menu along with premium Japanese beer, Asahi and Sapporo and a favorite of mine, Sake and Plum wine, both served hot or cold. (Note…Americans call it Sake, but the Japanese term for this particular wine is Nihonshu, meaning Japanese Alcohol) If you do order the Sake, try it hot, even in the summer. I think it has a better flavor. Also offered are green tea, Japanese Soda called Ramune and Coke, bottled water and iced or hot coffee and tea.
Another wonderful treat is edamame. This ancient Japanese dish consists of immature soybeans in the pod, boiled with condiments and salted water, and served whole. You can also order Miso soup, all ready to be eaten on the go! Smoothies and ice cream cups, along with the Kakigori, round out the summer treats. Be sure to visit the new Kabuki Café. And after ordering your favorite treat, look at the wonderful details of the new cart, they are a treat for the eyes.
Contributed by: Bill I. (NDH #35). Bill is our resident historian.