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Monday, August 21, 2006

Sherbet for Old Lady with Spatula 


The yummy-looking sherbet on the picture is called “Babahera (ババヘラ)”. It costs about 150 yen (US$ 1 and some cents). There are always 2 flavors in Babahera; strawberry and banana. The taste has moderate sweetness, and is loved by people from children to old people. The reason of the name, Babarahera comes from people who sell Babahera. Babahera sellers are normally old women who are in their 60s to 70s. Those called “Baba” in Japanese slang which is neither formal nor polite word. “Baba” serves Babahera using spatula which is called “hera” in Japanese. Therefore, this sherbet is called “Babahera”.


Babahera is really special street sherbet because it exists only in Akita. Since Babahera is such a familiar sherbet since my childhood, I had thought it was very Japanese thing. However, I had noticed it is only in Akita, when I was in Yokohama, and told about Babahera by Yokohama people. Babahera is usually sold at a festival or on a national street which has frequent traffic in Akita; however, now that Babahera is famous and popular sherbet in Japan, people can buy it on the Babahera site or enjoy it in a few area; “Namuko Nanja town ice cream city” and Namahage dining in Tokyo.


Babahera is really good to have in burning Japan summer. Whenever I find it, I buy it to cool down.

38 comments:

Ragge said...

Yummy!

Would love to have one of those right now :-)

Pierre-Yann said...

What is it exactly?

kayanon said...

Hi ragge,
It's really nice to eat in summer!

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

I will explain about it tomorrow since I don't have time to update today.

ShennongShi said...

It looks very nice, what other flavour does it comes with?

Amine、アミン、 有明 said...

美味しいようです、食べたいですよ。
時間が有ったら、秋田に休んで行きます。

Amine, 仙台のモロッコ人 (*^-^)/

gemma said...

おお~!
名前が面白いねwwババが売ってるからババヘラってw

そういう地元の食べ物っていいね。住んでると当たり前だけど、他所の人は知らないという。秋田行ったら食べなきゃ!

こっちで外で普通に売られてる「アイスクリン」が、他で言う普通のアイスと違うって知った時もちょっと驚きました。脂肪分が少なくて、シャーベットみたいなアイスクリームなんだけど、それしかしらないもんだから、それがアイスクリームだと思ってました。でも高いのよね・・・。ほんのちょっとで200円。

シンガポールでは何種類かのアイスをボール状にして入れてくれたものが1SG$(75円くらい?)でした。シンガポールは食べ物が安くていいな~

kayanon said...

shennongshi>

it has strowberry and banana flavors, I can hardly feel those though...

kayanon said...

アミンさんコメントありがとう!本当、さっぱりしていておいしいですよ。一味の価値ありです。

kayanon said...

gemmaさん>

お行儀の良い名前ではありますが、その名で秋田の人には親しまれています。

高知にもそういうのあるんですね。ババヘラはアイスクリームっていいながらも、完全シャーベットなので、溶けるのも早いです。

シンガポールは行った事ないので、いつか行ってみたいです。食べ物もおいしそうだし☆

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Ragge said...

Hmm.. didn't understand much of the japanese signs on the ice cream page, but could you buy the ice cream on the internet??
Wonder if they could ship it to Norway :-D

Fabi said...

Wow, this ice cream looks very delicious! I like sweet and choco ice-creams.

kayanon said...

ragge>
yes, Babahera is sold on the internet. However, it doesn't ship to Norway and other countries. Sorry (TT). Easiest way is to come Akita in summer! I will treat on you!

kayanon said...

fabi>

I also like chocolate ince cream and gelato! I cannot eat too much gelato though, because it has much more calorie than ice cream.

soursop said...

right now the weather is also very hot here.. the ice cream looks very tempting! :p

i can't believe there is even online ice cream shop :o they're really efficient!!

Kuntry Konfession said...

online icecream shop?! nuts! if only they do fast deliver but cheaply too....do those serberts come in coconut flavor? oooh, they do look too good!

Fabi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

kayanon said...

fabi>

THANK YOU!!

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

those sherbets don't have coconut flavor. It must be good though.

Kuntry Konfession said...

It's your birthday?! Happy birthday to you! happy birthday to yooou! I hope you had ALOT of sherberts today. don't forget to give your Mom and Dad flowers for having you! (smile.) Don't drink too much sake now...Hahahaha! actually do! Hahahahaha!

Francis said...

Happy Bday kayanon :)

Francis

kayanon said...

soursop>

Aren't there online ice cream shop? Not only babahera but also other companies offer online ice cream. Is this Japanish thing?

yondaime_m22 said...

Happy Birthday kayanon!Wish you good luck and happy forever!

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

Thank you very much! Yes, August 25th is my birthday. I didn't give flowers to my parents but I have helped my mom's restaurant seriously. Do you like sake? Although my hometown is really famous for sake, I cannot drink it...what a pity.

kayanon said...

Thank you, Francis!!

kayanon said...

yondaime_m22>

Thank you for your message! I hope I lead life peacefully.

Ragge said...

Happy birthday yesterday! Hope you had a wonderful day!

kayanon said...

ragge>

Thank you very much! I have been busy but I will make some time to relax for my aniversary.

Masa said...

Happy Birthday~Kayanon^^

Well, Babahera....name is so funny^^
My hometown also have kind of special ice-cream..name is just icecream but fravor is....peanut!!
And sake fravor is...excelent, I can't drive...kkk

Kuntry Konfession said...

yes...i like sake...my mom is here visiting, and that sweet lady is making me some sake!!!! wooohoooo! have a good weekend!

kayanon said...

Thank you, masa.

Peanuts flavor sounds yummy, sake as well. I think sake flavor must be in Babahera because Akita is Sake town. This could be nice idea.

kayanon said...

kuntry>

Sounds good! You have a great mom. Have a nice weekend!

soursop said...

a! happy belated birthday, kayanon!! hope your wishes come true! :)

it's my first time knowing such online ice cream shop exists..! perhaps it's like what you said, it's japanese thing ^^

kayanon said...

soursop>

Thank you, soursop!

wlsha7981 said...

yoz.. chanced upon your blog in sgfriends.net

is that some kind of ice-cream?? look so colourful and yummy :P

btw i like your blog *thumbs up* just voted it :)

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment, wlsha7981.

Yes, it is ice cream, but I should call it sharbet considering the taste. I think it is very healthy and yummy!

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