Kori King: Kakigori that's as easy on the wallet as it is on the eyes

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert that dates back to the 11th century. It was initially made only for the Japanese elites but have since gained popularity in Japan over the past few decades. Riding on the wave of shaved ice, Kori King is the pioneer to offer Kakigori in Singapore in a young more hipster-ish kind of settings at really wallet-friendly pricing.

Made from ingredients imported from Japan with no additives, colourants or chemical flavours, Kori King offers its customers an extensive menu of different flavours to choose from. This includes local delights such as Gula Melaka, popular favourites - Matcha and fruity flavours such as Mango and Strawberry.

We had a hard time deciding between the options available and eventually settled on Mango Royal, Gula Melaka and Matcha Heaven.

First up, Matcha. Boy, was it as heavenly as it claims to be. The shaved ice was packed with a strong milk flavour while the matcha powder used was suitably sweet and had a subtle bitterness to it. We added on a topping of adzuki beans and while we were expecting the huge, overly sweetened beans we were so used to getting at other run-off-the-mill chains; we were pleasantly surprised that the ones Kori King used were smaller and less sweet. These added a different texture to the smooth an creamy shaved iced without overpowering it.

Next, we moved on to the Gula Melaka one. While Gula Melaka does not appeal to all because of its tendencies to be intolerably sweet, the Gula Melaka syrup used in this one was nothing like that. It was fragrant, moderately sweet and complimented the dessert perfectly. We chose to add the mochi balls and coconut flesh into our shaved ice. No regrets there! The mochi balls were bite sized and chewy while the coconut flesh was delicately shaved to match the sweet disposition of the piled up ice shavings. Digging through the dessert and discovering those many hidden gems certainly made for one of the best feelings that day!

Lastly, we tried the Mango Royal. It was remarkable how the mango sauce did not yield a sense of artificial flavouring nor was it excessively sweet. Harmony ensues with every bite and this dessert proved to be absolutely irresistible. 

Customers can choose to have their shaved ice in-house or have it in a take-away cone.

Apart from shaved ice, Kori King offers a variety of Doriyaki which are handmade daily. The flavours available are unlike any other, such as Praline, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Lemon Custard and Matcha. Each Doriyaki not only has a generous amount of filling, but also contains a crunch inside to give diners an enhanced flavour profile.

The shaved ice retails at $6.90 (inclusive of one topping) each while the Doriyaki is priced at $2.90 per piece. Worth every penny, in my opinion.

Kori King
The Cathay
2 Handy Road

Operating Hours:
Daily: 1pm - 10pm

Words and photos by Belinda Yong who wishes that every time of the day is food o' clock. She loves trying new cuisines and creations,  and prays hard for a higher metabolism.

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