8.27.2009

Mochi Ice Cream

Well, I'm still riding the Asian flavors train, after discovering a bunch of new desserts during research for my Wasabi ice cream post. Next stop: mochi ice cream.

This Japanese treat is about the size of a golfball and is basically ice cream covered in a dough-like shell, which is made out of rice flour. Flavors range from the familiar: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry to the slightly more unusual: green tea and red bean paste. I have a thing for geometric shapes, so I'm loving the simplicity of the shapes and the idea of having your very own little ball of ice cream to call your own.

In the states, you can find mochi ice cream at Trader Joe's, Pinkberry, Red Mango, Bubbies in Hawaii, and Mikawaya in Los Angeles, which also sells mochi ice cream on it's Web site. If you'd like to try your hand at making your own mochi, click here for a recipe, courtesy of the Web site Japanese Ice Cream. Oh, and don't confuse mochi ice cream with regular mochi, which are filled with substances that are not ice cream. Regular mochi is probably tasty as well . . . but not ice cream! :-)

Photo credits: (top to bottom) Patti, B.ill

9 comments:

Hang Tight Studio said...

I had these at a Japanese restaurant & they were incredible! I think they sell them at Whole Food too.
Yummm!

Carolyn Jung said...

Where's the top photo taken at? Gawd, what a beautiful array of mochi balls that is. The colors are incredible.

dessert girl said...

Hi, Carolyn, the photo was taken in Tokyo. I agree, the colors are amazing!

Megan@Feasting on Art said...

I have never tried this one either but I have to admit - the wasabi ice cream had me a bit more intrigued. I am pretty sure I have spotted this on one of those rotating sushi belts.

Hungry Dog said...

These little ice cream balls are certainly irresistible. So pretty!

MB said...

I am a big fan of red bean paste! Mochi balls however...not so yummy, the texture doesn't work for me. Looks can be deceiving.

Jessica@FoodMayhem said...

I love mochi ice cream (and regular mochi) and that first picture makes me want to eat all of that and go into a sugar coma.

Japanese Ice Cream Recipe said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my japanese mochi recipe blog. Really appreciated and glad you liked it.
cheers,
paul

Anonymous said...

Don't stop posting such themes. I love to read articles like that. By the way add some pics :)
SteaveTheMighty

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