Why do we love mochi so very mochi? There’s just something about this Japanese rice cake’s soft, chewy and plump silhouette that makes it so irresistible.
With so many variations of this dessert/snack in Singapore, we just had to come up with this list so that all you mochi lovers out there can thank us later. Here are 10 mochi desserts and where to find them:
1. Mochi Collection (Janice Wong)
I have to start with Janice Wong‘s mochi collection not only because of all the delicately curated designs, but for the range of diverse yet refined flavours such as Matcha, Truffle Chocolate, Rock Melon, Mango Passionfruit, Vanilla Brownie, Chestnut, Tiramisu and Salted Caramel.
While the Matcha Mochi ($3) is the bestseller, the Truffle Chocolate Mochi ($3) is to die for. Made with glutinous rice flour and fresh cream with chunks of chocolate, the light truffle aroma permeated every a single bite.
The only setback is that these mochis are too pretty to gobble up, but I’m sure you’ll get over it.
2. Liusha Burst (Stateland Cafe)
Nestled along Bali Lane, you’ll find a cosy, two-storey eatery called Stateland Cafe which serves up East-Asian fusion dishes.
Since we all can’t get enough of anything salted-egg yolk, the cafe proudly features something called the Liusha Burst ($15), made of deep-fried mochi balls that contain a salted egg yolk cream, with cookie butter soft serve on the side.
Heads up: You may want to Boomerang the golden goodness oozing out, but to fully savour the explosion, just eat it all up in one bite.
Stateland Cafe: 30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189966 | Tel: +65 9800 7628 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Daily), 6pm – 10pm (Tuesday) | Facebook
3. Mochi Taiyaki (Oyoge Taiyaki)
Mochi tends to be in shapes of small, round plumps, but at Oyoge Taiyaki there are fish-shaped ones.
They create the layer of the mochi taiyaki from tapioca flour with different fillings; from the traditional azuki bean to Strawberry Fromage Mochi Taiyaki ($3) for a modern twist.
Slightly gummy yet soft, these treats are a hearty snack and make for cute photos!
Oyoge Taiyaki: 191 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059423 | Tel: +65 8179 3395 | Opening Hours: (Mon to Thurs) 12pm – 9pm, (Fri to Sun) 10.30am – 10pm | Facebook
4. Rice Ball Mochi (Ah Chew Desserts)
Ah Chew Desserts not only provides your classic delights like mango sago, but also offers up a local twist on mochi to chew on.
The Rice Ball Mochi ($2.40) is like tang yuan minus the sweet soup. Coated in peanut powder, these mochi balls contain thick and creamy black sesame and peanut fillings.
Now would you just look at that glossy black sesame filling! On a more cautionary note though, you might want to check your teeth before flashing a content, toothy grin.
Ah Chew Desserts: 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11 Liang Seah Place, Singapore 189032 | Tel: +65 6339 8198 | Opening Hours: (Mon to Thurs) 12.30pm – 12am, (Fri) 12.30pm – 1am (Sun & PH) 1.30pm – 12am | Website
5. Mochi Ice Cream (Kanemochi)
You know the mochi you’re going to get will be good when the word’s in the name — Kanemochi combines ice cream and mochi into mini, bite-sized frozen pieces.
The Milk Tea Mochi ($2.30) was just the right amount of sweetness, balanced with a thin layer of mochi skin, tempting us for more. Especially on a hot afternoon, these ice cream mochis make for the perfect, refreshing snack.
Kanemochi: 201 Victoria Street #02-50, Singapore 188067 | Tel: +65 9747 5678 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm | Website
6. Matcha Mochi Croissant (Brother Bird Milk & Croissants)
Brother Bird has done it again with their mochi game: Brother Bird Milk & Croissants serves mochi in pastries such as cruffins (croissant + muffin) and croissants!
While it may look like a regular croissant, the Matcha Mochi Croissant ($4) is baked from glutinous rice flour to achieve the mochi-like chewiness within the flaky, golden layers.
It’s lightly dusted with sugar and half-dipped in a milky matcha glaze before it’s topped with extra pieces of matcha chocolate. Flaky, sweet, crispy and chewy, what more can you ask for?
Brother Bird Milk & Croissants: CT Hub 2, 114 Lavender Street, #01-05, Singapore 338729 | Tel: +65 9296 4997 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm (Daily), Closed on Tuesdays | Facebook
7. Kinako Kakigori Feat. Mini Mochi Balls (Dolce Tokyo)
At Dolce Tokyo, there’s an extensive list of Japanese-Italian desserts to choose from, but nothing will beat their massive bowl of kakigori with mochis.
The Kinako Kakigori ($8) comes with incredibly chewy, mini mochi balls which go so well with the vanilla soft serve and the Hokkaido red bean with Japanese soybean powder sprinkled over.
The cold stone bowl that it’s served in keeps the dessert cool, giving you the truly oishi experience.
8. Matcha Mochi Cream Cake (Chateraise)
Chateraise is famed for their mille crepe cakes, but did you know that they also sell heavenly mochis?
A plump pocket packed with homemade matcha paste with creamy custard, the Matcha Mochi Cream Cake ($1.70) will blow your mind. It’s packed with filling and I really enjoyed the strong matcha flavour.
9. Blueberry White Chocolate Mochi (Johan Paris)
Every time I pass by Johan Paris, the aroma of freshly-baked French-Japanese goods is enough to whet my appetite.
And one of the culprits emanating the above mentioned aromas is the Blueberry White Chocolate Mochi ($3 for 100g). Dried blueberry bits with chunks of white chocolate are embedded in the pastel purple surface of the mochi.
Each nibble brings together the sweetness from the dried fruits, softened by the milky flavour of the white chocolate. One won’t be enough!
10. Yuzu Shaved Ice Feat. Soft Mochi Balls (TSUJIRI)
Matcha lovers out there have definitely heard about TSUJIRI; this Japanese dessert store offers great mochi as a great sidekick for their matcha selections. What a match(a) made in heaven!
Citrus desserts are a staple in this humid weather and the Yuzu Shaved Ice ($4.80 for small, $7.20 for large) at TSUJIRI will remedy the heat.
While the cooling shaved ice is great on its own, the soft mochi balls with a scoop of red bean paste are worth a mention. If you’re struggling to restrain yourself from sweets like me, this will be a milder alternative to assuage your sweet tooth.
And there you have it folks, mochi desserts for days! Which is your favourite?