People travel all the way to Japan just because they heard Japanese sweets and desserts are mouthwatering.
Wagashi is the word called for traditional Japanese sweets. They are mainly consumed at Japanese tea ceremonies. Especially for the past years, green tea ice cream has become a popular option. It can be found easily almost at every eatery. Another popular dessert and usually eaten during summer time is called kakigori which is shaved ice that contains syrup or condensed milk to enrich the taste. Children’s favorite is, of course, the dorayaki, sweet pancakes filled with red bean paste.
Let’s review them in detail below. We bet you would order a Japanese dessert online after reading the list. Enjoy!
The word mochi actually means pounded sticky rice. The glutinous rice is pounded and moulded into the desired shape. For it to become a sweet, red bean paste is covered in rice flour. The texture is sticky, yet this treat is not much sweet among others because it has a low level of starch. There are many kinds of it made with different flavours. For example, ice cream can be filled into it and it becomes mochi ice cream!
As we mentioned above, dorayaki is a children's favourite. The original one has only one layer but within years it has become looking like a mini hamburger. Sweet Azuki red bean paste is filled between two layers of pancake made from castella (combination of sugar, flour, eggs, starch syrup). It is usually served hot.
Daifuku is a type of cake made from glutinous rice and stuffed with different kinds of sweets. Also, red bean paste again is used for this treat also to enrich the flavour. The shape is round and small. There are many varieties of it but the most popular one is white, light green and light pink colour filled with Anko (sweet paste). Almost every daifuku is covered by thick and sticky corn or potato starch in order to make them stick to each other.
Anmitsu saves its popularity for many years. Red algae are used to make agar jelly. The process of making it is mixing into water or fruit juice to make the jelly. The shape of anmitsu is like small cubes and it is served in a bowl with sweet Azuki bean paste or Anko, boiled peas, and different kinds of fruits like peach, pineapple or cherries.
Namagashi is a type of wagashi which contains fruit jellies and other sweets like Kanten or the famous bean paste. It is decorated according to Japan’s four seasons with motifs on top like leaves and flowers.
Kakigori can be found in many different colours. It is a typical shaved ice dessert, combined with syrup, sweeteners and condensed milk. Most commonly consumed flavours can be strawberry, cherry, green tea, lemon, or grape. It is one of the preferred desserts during summer time. It is most commonly found in street eateries but also has luxurious types with additional toppings at Japanese style cafes.
Make yourself comfortable for trying new tastes, learning about the culinary traditions and see each of them as an experience. Japanese desserts may change your point of view by fulfilling both your eyes and stomach. There are many restaurants and other eateries in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia that are good and also affordable. They can be casual or fine dining restaurants at the same time. Some good places can be Nobu Kuala Lumpur, Iketeru, Hanare Japanese Restaurant, Ishin Japanese Dining, Aragan Yokocho (which also is the first largest Japanese restaurant in Malaysia), Kamikura, Matsuya Japanese Cuisine, and Rising Sun. If you do not feel like going out, you can always order Japanese food and desserts online with delivery.
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