My wonderful, kind and supportive friend went to pick this up for me when I was busy with work. It was a 2 day only, limited edition for Wagashi (Japanese sweets) Day from Kanou Shōjan・叶 匠壽庵 and it is a special kind of daifuku. It’s called a ni-azuki-ni-mochi・煮小豆に餅, with slightly sweet boiled red beans covered with the lightest, spongiest, fluffiest mochi I’ve ever had. A really beautiful sweet that I am so grateful I got to try, I’m such a sucker for limited edition sweets.
A nice sunny flavour to match the day! I got this lemon and white bean filled daifuku from a department store downtown. As soon as I ate it I immediately regretted not buying more. It was so fresh and tangy and bright! The department stores have a few different lemons sweets now so I may have to go back this weekend…
A funny little peach paste filled mochi! This was a department store find. The mochi was much more sticky and chewy, and the filling was also a lot more dense. Fun to try and a nice reminder that summer fruits are right around the corner!
This week has been the Golden Week holidays, a time when several national holidays fall closely together so most people get about a week off. A friend came to visit and we explored around outdoors as much as we could. Yesterday was really the first day back home so I had 2 little treats from Kichi Zoh. A beautiful purple iris namagashi and purple 団子・dango with red bean, white bean and purple sweet potato wrapped around soft mochi.
I got some really beautiful flowers that I cannot name at the florist. The blues and purples are a fun departure from my usual palette. Imagine my surprise coming home and finding I am growing raspberries! My giant branch is a raspberry bush! At the florist where I bought it, the shop owner told me the flowers would quickly wilt but the branch would last several months. She didn’t mention anything about bearing fruit! I can’t wait for my little harvest.
Another day, another daifuku! This time a juicy preserved kumquat with white bean and a beautiful, chewy, orange mochi casing. This one was a bit sturdier than the last few daifukus this week. A nice treat!
Halfway through the month I had a craving for some sweet chewy mochi, gazing at my sweets calendar all day during work is equal parts challenging/inspiring. I took a quick break and ran over to Rabbit Moon to get this extremely classic Japanese sweet. There are zillions of kinds of dango・団子, popular for different seasons or festivals. They can be barbecued, drizzled with sauce, sweet, salty, anything. Usually just little mochi balls on sticks! Hard to go wrong.
It’s a rainy day after a bright sunny weekend. I added a touch of sunshine to my day with a pineapple white bean daifuku from Kichi Zoh. Plus an added side of fresh pineapple because why not? A nice way to brighten up the day a little. Also, if anyone know what these flowers are called, please let me know in the comments! I would love to try to find more. It’s wisteria season now so I was thinking maybe some variety of that but who knows!
I have been waiting for a chance to go to Hanabishi・華菱 since I saw they opened a last year. They sell incredibly beautiful daifuku with pieces or fruit and white bean paste wrapped inside. You are meant to bisect the daifuku bu cutting it with a red piece of string. The store is immaculately designed but still has a sense of fun.
They only have take-away so I went back to Shofuen・松風園 to have some tea and eat in the park. We had the honeydew melon and Muscat green grape. They sell out constantly and it’s easy to see why, they were some of the best fruit daifuku I’ve ever had, I immediately wanted to go back and try more.
Back inside at Shofuen tea house I got a sticker in celebration of Hina Matsuri・雛祭り, or Girl’s Day later in March. The house was decorated with the traditional dolls and was really special to see.
ろっぽんぽん・Ropponpon is a super (super) tiny little shop in the neighbourhood. I have been there a couple times but today I finally got the snack I’ve been waiting for. They are famous for their taiyaki・たい焼 and tai-mochi・たいもち, which is their specialty, and the first time I’ve seen or heard of it! You can find taiyaki everywhere, usually with red bean paste, custard, white bean, or maybe some fun flavour in a crispy, fish-shaped waffle/cake body. Tai is a kind of fish, but this snack is fishy in form only!
But tai-mochi, replaces the cake with my beloved mochi. And this one is swimming is a bed of kinako! Kinako is sweet, toasted soy bean flour. Sounds weird but is hugely popular and very delicious, definitely in my top 5 favourite Japanese sweets flavours.
The red bean paste and soft, white mochi start to peek through the kinako. It was still warm! Not hard to guess why this place is so popular, especially this item! I loved it and can’t wait to go back.