Japan is very creative with its food. From traditional to modern, street style to authentic preparations Japanese dishes, are prepared in all types and flavors. Japan developed unique desserts that were based on ingredients such as rice and sweet beans.
In Japan, the culinary experience is not about just food, but also about the presentation, colour element and sheer beauty of what you are eating. Japanese desserts are an amalgamation of all these elements which reflect on the plate and would leave you pleased with the flavors.
13 most relished Japanese desserts include:
1. Japanese Cheesecake
It is a jiggly, fluffy soft cheesecake which originated nearly 70 years ago in Japan. Japanese cheesecake is a perfect accompaniment for tea and coffee. Its ultra-soft and jiggly texture makes it one of the most liked desserts in Japan. This dessert sure is a must-have.
Mochi is the name for chewy Japanese rice cakes traditionally made of sticky rice known as mochigome. This is a common ingredient for many Japanese dishes, desserts and confections but also a dessert on its own and can be relished by toasting the rice cake and sweetening it.
The most cherished Japanese dessert is Daifuku. Sweet red beans are stuffed in mochi cakes and the outcome is Daifuku. This is considered to be an auspicious dessert which is enjoyed by one and all. It should be on your must-have list.
Anko renders Japanese traditional flavour that has been consumed in Japan for centuries. It is a sweet bean jam comprising of Azuki beans. Anko is a common topping and filling for various desserts and can be savoured on its own.
Dango are chewy Japanese rice dumplings usually served on skewers. They are prepared in many varieties and are consumed on different occasions. This dish can be found in Japanese cafes and food stalls. It is best complemented with green tea and turns out to be a must-try Japanese dessert.
Dorayaki are sweet pancake sandwiches filled with Anko paste. It is a fondly loved Japanese confection. This Japanese dessert is relished by one and all, including kids and elderly people. When exploring this beautiful country, grabbing a Dorayaki is a must.
This one is a classic Japanese dessert which is a composition of colours, flavours and everything sweet. Anmitsu has varied ingredients including fruits, anko, agar jelly cubes, mocha and ice cream. This vibrant and refreshing dessert is served in various restaurants and cafes.
8. Japanese Pudding
This non-baked dessert is famously known as Purin in Japan. It has a creamy, silky and rich texture. Purin renders light and smooth flavours which add to the dish. This is a jiggly custard-like dessert which makes the dish everyone’s favourite.
9. Mochi Ice Cream
Mochi ice cream is the most amazing amalgamation of mochi dough and tempting ice cream. Small ice cream balls are wrapped in mocha dough and it results in drool-worthy Mochi ice cream. This variant of ice cream is enjoyed around the globe by everyone.
Sakuramochi is a dessert which consists of mochi flavoured with cherry blossoms. This dish is pink in colour which is obtained from cherry blossom flowers. They are filled with red bean paste and pickled Sakura leaf is wrapped around the ball. This dessert is prepared for marking the arrival of spring in Japan. It is a must-try dish during a Japanese tour.
11. Coffee Jelly
Coffee jelly is a cold jellied dessert which is an amalgamation of coffee and sugar. It is a very common Japanese dessert which is found in almost every restaurant and convenience store. Coffee flavored jelly cubes are served in thick sweetened cream and the dish is relished by everyone.
Yokan is another popular Japanese jelly based dessert. This dish is made using red bean paste. When the temperature gets hot and humid in Japan this refreshing jelly based dish is prepared and consumed across the country.
Imagawayaki is a snack which is being relished for generations now. It is a traditional Japanese dessert stuffed with red bean filling inside thick round cake. This dish is commonly eaten in Japanese festivals.