Cornucopia

Table Conversation: Mochi by MochiCream

By franco on 30 November, 2008

Green Tea Mochi from MochiCREAM
Green Tea Mochi from MochiCream

I am a MochiCream convert.

After a recent trip from Japan, my lovely wife, A decided to bring me back a little gift, a pasalubong, as Pinoys call it. Packaged in an elegant, black rectangular box were eight delicately wrapped sweet buns called mochi.

Usually created during New Year celebrations, mochi is a traditional Japanese confection. Following tradition, each mochi is primarily made of finely ground glutinous rice and formed into a dainty little bun surrounding a sweet center of red mung bean paste.

But a confection maker called MochiCream sees the mochi in a different light.

As only a Japanese confection maker could do, MochiCream has taken the traditional and elevated it to a whole new level. By adding new flavors and stylizing their retail experience, the buying and savoring of mochi has more in common with shopping for jewelry than going to a bakery. From an egg custard cream to a cherry-flavored center to creamy filling flavored with green tea, the variety of flavors and colors seem endless.

Biting into a mochi is like nibbling into a cloud releasing a dew drops of sublime flavor. The bun itself is soft and airy with a light feel in the mouth. As you bite into it further, the bun melts away into sweetness as it releases its inner secret filling: in this case, a sweet green tea paste with a slight taste of tea bitterness and the unmistakable aroma of warm green tea filling your mouth.

At that point, I realized that I have never been to Japan. After my little taste of this quintessential Japanese snack, I think I am long overdue for a visit.

For more information, check out their website.

LABELS: , ,

12

comments

Post a comment
  • DECEMBER 1, 2008 3:09 PM

    Joelen said...

    That looks amazing!

  • DECEMBER 1, 2008 10:54 PM

    Franco said...

    Hi Joelen. And it tastes even better. :)

  • DECEMBER 2, 2008 2:02 AM

    Stitch said...

    There're some Mochi in the Konbini store in Greenhills. I'm pretty sure they're pricey, though.

  • DECEMBER 2, 2008 9:43 AM

    mtan said...

    Not all mochi have a red bean or custard center. There are mochis made simply to heat (they get all puffy and sticky), then you dip in soy sauce and wasabi (or any kind of salty dipping sauce).
    Have you tried the chocolate mochis of Desato? Lori first wrote about them and Maria still sells them in different bazaars around town. Take the sticky rice mochi and stuff them with chocolate truffles! She has one with peanut butter and dusted with dark chocolate.

  • DECEMBER 3, 2008 10:02 AM

    Katrina said...

    That looks sooo delicious! I've never had a mochi with custard filling, I'm sure I'd love it. I'll echo Mila -- Dezato mochis are yummy! She sometimes joins Rockwell's Baker's Dozen. She also has a Multiply site for her goods. But the best news is...she's opened a cafe! http://dezato.multiply.com/journal/item/13/Dezato_Cafe_Now_Open

    I can't wait to head over and try the mochi ice cream, with some chocolate mochi on the side, of course! :-P~

  • DECEMBER 4, 2008 2:42 AM

    ragamuffin girl said...

    Go to Japan, go! go! I love it there. :) My sis in law is based there and brought us to many local places because she can speak the language. I also love Japanese pancakes with green tea and adzuki filling.

  • DECEMBER 5, 2008 3:30 PM

    green tea addict said...

    Can someone please bring MochiCream here!! :D

  • DECEMBER 5, 2008 10:55 PM

    Franco said...

    Hello Stitch. Mochi? Really? Sadly, everthing at Konbini is expensive. :(

    Hello Mila. You are absolutely right the truly traditional (offerings at the local temple kind) mochi have not cream or paste centers. Which make more them like savory Chinese sticky buns. Dezato mochi? Never heard of it. Will check it out. Thanks for the tip.

    Hello Katrina.Thanks for the link. Sounds like you would love MochiCream. :)

    Hello GTA. I was hoping the same thing. :)

  • DECEMBER 5, 2008 11:01 PM

    Franco said...

    Oops. Hello ragamuffin girl. I love Japanese food period. So, I have to wonder why I haven't been to Japan yet. Go figure.:P

  • DECEMBER 7, 2008 7:07 AM

    hannah said...

    i see you share my love for mochicream too! my favorite flavor is peach yoghurt!

  • DECEMBER 13, 2008 9:04 AM

    Anonymous said...

    the mochi store is now open at the basement of sogo dept store in causeway bay hong kong.

  • DECEMBER 17, 2010 3:41 PM

    simplesplendidthings said...

    Hi! ETREET is offering P220 for One Box of Mochi of Your Choice and another Box of Surprise Mochi (P440 Value) from DEZATO. Super great deal! Just go to the Etreet site to avail of this fantastic treat!

    ~Leah

Post a Comment

* required

your email will not be published