(This is a reference to a hilarious Japanese show. Here. Watch some of it! I couldn’t find the exact scene, but it’s from “The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King’s Castle”. Just trust me that it’s fantastic.)
On my never-ending sweets quest, I have tried quite a few new things over the past month or so! I took pictures:
Back to one of my favorite places! Our donut shop! These little guys were amazing. Here are the frosting flavors: the penguin had a purple potato frosting, the bear had a coffee frosting, the seal and cat had a white chocolate/milk frosting, the koala had a black sesame frosting, the pink and green stripes had strawberry and matcha green tea frosting, and the brown and pink stripes had chocolate and strawberry frosting.
This one turned out to not be sweet at all! It was recommended by the vendor, so I bought it, but was surprised to find it was topped with shaved daikon and ponzu!
These are some fresh mochi that we bought by our house. We got three packs for ¥1,000 and they were being pounded right there by the stand. This one was some sort of sweet green bean paste (I didn’t catch the name, sorry). We also bought a black sesame mochi, which was great and not overwhelmingly sweet.
These ones are peach and red bean paste, but we also got some (not shown, sorry) that were yuzu flavored!
These are some more warabi mochi!
While the traditional Japanese flavors were great, I would recommend the fruit flavored one instead. Those flavors seemed to go better with this serving method.
They were not difficult to cut through using a spoon and were fantastic.
The one on the left had much more traditional flavors, whereas the one of the right had fruit flavors.
These jellies had stuffed warabi mochi (which is made from kudzu, not rice) daifuku inside the jelly itself.
BUT! It actually was more complex! It had the red bean paste wrapped in a soft mochi as well! AMAZING!
Inside the pastry, it seems like it would be a folded over dorayaki
These are a jelly and a seasonal sweet that were available around Children’s day.
This and the next picture are some special jellies I wanted to try.
The jelly was really tasty! It hd a mango cream at the top/bottom, though the turtle and other bits took a little effort to cut through with a spoon. That being said, still totally worth it.
EDIT: I forgot one sweet!
These were some daifuku with large red beans in the mochi.