What is Mizu Shingen Mochi?
Mizu Shingen Mochi was first produced by a company called Kin Sei Ken (金精軒). Kin Sei Ken is originally a Shingen mochi company. Shingen mochi is a traditional Japanese sweet made of mochi (rice cake) covered with kinako (ground sweet soybean powder). Mizu means "water", so Mizu Shingen Mochi means "water Shingen mochi". However, Mizu Shingen mochi is quite different from normal Shingen mochi. Mizu Shingen Mochi is made of only water and a pinch of sugar.
↑picture of Shingen mochi.
How To Make Mizu Shingen Mochi
The recipe for raindrop cake is super simple.
All you need is water, sugar, and agar powder.
Here is the recipe:
・2 cups of water
・1/2 teaspoon of sugar
・1/2 teaspoon of agar powder
Put sugar into boiled water. As you remove the water from the heat, stir until the sugar dissolves. After the sugar is completely dissolved, put agar powder into the solution and stir softly until the agar powder dissolves and the solution looks clear. After the solution becomes completely clear, carefully mould it into a circular shape. (If you have a circularly shaped mould, it would be easier to mould the mixture) Put it into a fridge for 30 minutes.
If you have kinako (sweetened soy bean powder) and kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup), it would taste even more delicious.
Where to Eat Raindrop Cake in Japan
There are only two places to eat Mizu Shingen Mochi, and they are both owned by Kin Sei Ken. Also, you can only eat them from June until the end of September on Saturdays and Sundays.
1. Kin Sei Ken Dai Ga Hara Ten (金精軒 台ケ原店)
This shop is a really traditional shop open since 1902.
This shop is the main shop of Kin Sei Ken. Its closest train station is Naga Saka station and takes 15 minutes from the train station by a car. The Mizu Shingen Mochi and green tea set cost ￥500. They give out tickets for it from 7:00 A.M., so it might be a smart idea to go there for a ticket if you want to eat one for sure.
2.Kin Sei Ken Nira Saki Ten (金精軒 韮崎店)
This one opened recently because Mizu Shingen mochi became too popular and the original shop could never make enough for everyone.
This place is also in Yamanashi. It is 15 minutes drive away from Nira Saki train station. The website says that it usually sold out by noon, so it is a good idea to go in the morning.
These two places are both in Yamanashi, which is South-West of Tokyo. However, there is a restaurant that sells a really similar sweet called "Tenshi no Namida" meaning the tar of an angel.
3. Mikan Club (味甘CLUB)
This cafe is famous for Tenshi no Namida, but also sells other Japanese sweets.
This place is in Omotesando, which is in the centre of Tokyo. Tenshi no Namida costs ￥700 alone, so it is a little bit more expensive than the actual Mizu Shingen Mochi. However, considering that you can taste it in Tokyo, it worth a try when you are here.
I hope this article helped you understand what raindrop cake is. There is a new shop in NYC for it, but it is still a good idea to come to Japan and try the original Mizu Shingen mochi.