May 8, 2004

Ichigo Miruku

Ichigo Miruku - Strawberry Milk

My first year living in the dormitory in college I made friends with a Japanese girl, Tomoko. When Tomoko moved off campus the next year, we'd frequently go to her apartment where she'd cook us authentic Japanese dinners. She would teach us how to make miso soup, potato and beef korroke, how to make the perfect tempura batter and what Panko breadcrumbs were. While we were waiting for the food to cook she'd often make us green tea, or my favorite, Ichigo Miruku, which means strawberry milk in Japanese. You basically take a few fresh, ripe strawberries, add a sprinkle of sugar, pour just enough milk over them to cover, slightly crush the strawberries up in the milk, then eat with a spoon. Apparently this is kind of a classic way that a lot of Japanese kids grow up eating strawberries. I couldn't find any info about this online and I'll warn you now not to search for Ichigo Miruku because I, unfortunately, found out it's also the name of a Japanese porn star. Anyways, Tomoko would crush the strawberries for me and eventually I took over the job of the berry crushing and got quite good at it. I do this now with any seasonal berries I find at the market. My favorite is blackberries with cold cream poured over them instead of milk. The systematic crushing of the berries with your spoon is really satisfying and a bit cathartic. And watching the bright berry juices ooze into the cream, coloring it the palest of pastels is delightful.

Posted by yi at May 8, 2004 5:10 PM

This sounds delicious. I may have to try it for breakfast tomorrow.

Posted by: Florrie at May 25, 2004 11:01 AM

We've had berries with milk & sugar in bowls since i was a kid, but we weren't into crushing them.

Posted by: rob at May 30, 2004 6:02 PM

Umm...Yeah it sounds cool I'll try it next morning too like the orther guy -Kim Nguyen

Posted by: Kim Nguyen at June 27, 2004 11:56 PM

Oh, I remember looking up Ichigo Miruku. XDD Ichigo Miruku was the name that my friends and I decided on for our mini art shop. It sounded cute cause it was "Strawberry Milk". However, when I looked up the name, I found an Asian porn site. -_-

Though, this sounds cool. I want to try it out some time. Maybe I can make some for a friend of mine as well.

Posted by: augi at July 31, 2007 12:03 PM
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