Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Japanese Strawberry : Ichigo Daifuku
During the period I went to Japan, it's the season of strawberry. Thus, I saw lots of strawberry contained on/in/under/inside food !!!
But the most impressed one was in traditional mochi dessert --- This shop is on Ginza (which is known as an upmarket area of Tokyo with many department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses). This shop sells traditional Japanese dessert but the most popolar is daifukumochi (or Daifuku in short, literally "great luck", is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi stuffed with sweet filling, most commonly anko (sweetened red bean paste).
As this is strawberry season, this shop has a special item "Ichigo daifuku" which contained strawberry and anko (red bean paste), inside a small round mochi. This mostly eaten during the spring time. It was invented in the 1980s. Many patisseries claim to have invented this type of daifuku, so exact origin is still vague.
I've never tasted anything like this before. It.. so soft , so strawberry from outside through inside. I love Japanese Strawberry ...