Warabi mochi

Warabi mochi with matcha ice cream and red bean paste, Yayoi Restaurant, BKK

I am fond of Japanese food; the main dishes at least. It was not until I had enough time to be curious that I got acquainted with a dessert called warabi mochi. The names are strange to me. Here are some of what I learned from reading around about it:

1 Warabi mochi is a Japanese confection made by dissolving sugar and the starch from warabi bracken in water, letting it set into a jellylike mixture and dusting it with kinako
2 Warabi bracken is an edible fern
3 Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of mochigone
4 Mochigone is a short-grain japonica glutinous rice
5 Kinako is roasted whole soy flour
6 Mochitsuke is a ceremony in which warabi mochi is traditionally made
7 Katakuriko is potato starch used as substitute for bracken starch
8 Here’s an easy warabi mochi recipe
9 Variations with sesame and green tea dips are popular
10 Ichinoseki in Japan is known as the mochi mecca
11 Mochi can last a year if frozen; a couple of weeks if refrigerated
12 Mochi is served in different festivities in Japan especially the New Year
13 With its consistently gooey chunks, mochi is a choking hazard. Use caution while enjoying these sticky treats

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16 Responses to Warabi mochi

  1. Photo Cache says:

    I love Japanese confections, as long as you are not counting calories πŸ™‚


  2. Sounds delicious… I will try to remember it so when I ever come in a place where it might be served, I want to take a taste

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  3. jesh stg says:

    It was your photo that brought me here, so it looks attractive. Even with your description what it is made of, I have no idea how it tastes – is it sweet or tart, light or rich? Am always up for trying out foreign food, so this is very interesting to me:)

  4. Alice Audrey says:

    You’ve got my mouth watering. Where do you get warabi bracken starch?

  5. Ron. says:

    Yep on the list. To try, no to make.

  6. I love how cultures incorporate what they already have in their dishes. Never had this.

  7. CountryDew says:

    Never heard of this. Sounds intriguing. I’ll probably never get to try it, but thank you for introducing it to me.

  8. I haven’t eaten mochi in years. A drive to the city is in order!

  9. Roger Green says:

    I’m totally unfamiliar! Interesting.

  10. Margy says:

    Sounds very complicated to prepare. – Margy

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