How to make strawberry sweeter in a second

Strawberries in pack from Nagasaki

Hi guys! How’s your weekend?

Today, when I went out to have my coffee time at Mister Donut, I saw their new lineup of donuts – strawberry-flavored and even shaped like ones. “Oh, strawberry season.”, I thought. Then, I just remembered one thing I learned from an episode in Tameshite Gatten TV show in how to make strawberry sweeter in just one second! I wanted to share it to you guys.

Mister Donut - Strawberry Festival Poster
A sign of Mister Donut’s “Strawberry Donuts Festival”


How to make strawberry sweeter in a second?

Take your guess first!
Ready? Ok, here’s how:

How to make strawberry sweeter - Cut into Half

Yes, that’s right. Just cut the strawberry into half. Simple, right?

Actually, upper and lower parts of the strawberry have different level of sugar content. So, by cutting it into half and eating the lower part, you can have a sweeter strawberry. But that leaves you a less sweet upper half part. Hehe.

According to Tameshite Gatten’s research, the sugar content of the upper part of the strawberry nowadays in Japan is pretty close to the strawberries 30-40 years ago. Back then, they enjoyed their strawberries by crushing and mixing it with milk and sugar. This recipe is called “ichigo miruku” – ichigo is strawberry and miruku for milk in Japanese. It was so popular back then that there’s a spoon made just for crushing strawberries. I’ve heard this few times mentioned on other TV shows also.


Ichigo Miruku or Ichigo Gyunyu - Japanese sweets
“Ichigo miruku” using the upper-half part of strawberries (I crushed it too much but still yummy!)

By cutting the strawberry into half, not only you can have a sweeter strawberry but also experience similar “ichigo miruku” that Japanese had enjoyed four decades ago.

Revive your not-so-fresh strawberries

Totally forgot you still have some strawberries left inside your ref and already starting to get old? I’ve experienced that many times already. Revive it by soaking it in a bowl filled with a hot water – specifically 50 degrees Celsius water – for about two minutes. Try it! The method of washing vegetables and fruits in 50 degrees water was popular not long time ago here in Japan. I’ll talk more about that next time.

That’s it for now. I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know how it goes.


5 Steps to Make Easy Homemade Tea Snacks


Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada on duty. What do you have with your drink? Cookies? Cakes? Pies? There are varieties of food at cafes but at home I suppose you just buy something and grab right? Lemme tell you about my favorite tea-time snack lately. It is called SWEET POTATO CAKE…ordinary? Hmp! But but…can you believe that you can make it in a half hour!!?? Here’s a recipe of an easy homemade tea snack.


You need only two things. Sweet potatoes and ICE CREAM!

easy homemade tea snack sweet_potatoeasy homemade tea snack ice_cream

For four (4) servings – two medium size sweet potatoes (in the photo I’ve got 5 small ones) – two scoops of vanilla ice cream Options(I’ll mention it later) – rum – beaten egg yolk

Why Ice Cream?

What normally requires for making sweet potato cakes (other than sweet potatoes) are cream/milk and sugar which ice cream contains all! It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

5 Steps for Making Sweet Potato Cakes


Step 1

Peel sweet potatoes, chop them in dice.

easy homemade tea snack chopped_potatoes

Step 2

Microwave the chopped sweet potatoes for about 5 minutes until it gets cooked. I use this plastic container for microwaving (it comes with a cover). Or you can just have them in a bowl/plate, wrap by saran wrap and microwave.

easy homemade tea snack plastic_box

By the way, microwave cooking has been sorta trend in Japan last several years (it’s been a while though). There are many items like this. I may show you more recipes using this method another time.

Step 3

Take the sweet potatoes out and now mush them! And here comes ice cream. Mix them well.

easy homemade tea snack mush easy homemade tea snack mix_with_icecream

Note: A few drops of rum would give it a great flavor. Got one in your kitchen? Then give it a try.

Step 4

Grab some of the mashed sweet potatoes and form it as sweet potato cakes. Its shape should be like the one below but you can shape it any way as you like. It won’t differ its taste anyway.

easy homemade tea snack foamed

Note: Spreading beaten egg yolk over the sweet potato cakes would make it shiny (not a must but it’d look nicer with this).

Step 5

It’s ready to be cooked. Throw them into the toaster. It’s an ordinary toaster that I use every morning. Toast for 10 minutes.

easy homemade tea snack toaster


Looking good, don’t you think?

easy homemade tea snack done

easy homemade tea snack tea_with_potato

Bon appetit con tus coffee! (oui) Please try this homemade tea snack and lemme know how you find it. Can’t wait to have it! See you around. Related links