Only In Spring! Seasonal Japanese Desserts You Should Try
There are Japanese desserts in Japan that you can only eat during the spring. These traditional "wagashi" (Japanese desserts) use freshly picked strawberries and cherry blossoms to make the dessert to enjoy the flavor of spring. This article will introduce some of those spring Japanese "wagashi"!
Basic Ingredients Of Wagashi
Anko is sweet red bean paste usually filled inside the wagashi,hardened into jelly (e.g. kintsuba, youkan) or made into a liquid form (e.g.zenzai).
Mochi is a Japanese term for rice cake, and is usually made into a small ball-shape or is used to wrap the anko.
1. Ichigo Daifuku
Typically, the rice cake is white, but nowadays the rice cake is in different colors such as pink or green.
Also, modern wagashi stores have made new daifuku such as banana daifuku or grape daifuku, that substitutes the strawberry with a different fruit.
2. Sakura Mochi
To be more specific, this is the Kansai region style of making sakura mochi, and is also called domyoji. (front one in picture above)
In the Kanto region, shiratamako (rice flour) is used instead of domyojiko, so the anko is inside a crepe-like pink layer inside. (back one in picture above)
Sakuramochi is typically eaten during the spring season only, and is especially eaten on Girl's Day (3/3) and in hanami settings.
3. Uguisu Mochi
It is a soft rice cake (mochi) filled with sweet red bean paste (anko) and is sprinkled with green soy bean (kinako) powder. The rice cake is made from shiratamako (rice flour) and uses gyuhi-mochi to create the extra soft texture. The powder is made with a mix of green tea powder and kinako powder to create the green color.
4. Hanami Dango
Hanami dango is three dango (small rice cakes) in different colors put on a stick. It consists of one pink, white and green dango. As dango typically is topped with anko, sweet soy sauce and other toppings, there is nothing inside the dango.
A Sweet Flavor Of Spring With Japanese Wagashi!
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