How to Make Warabi Mochi

Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi

Hi everyone! It’s Mrs. Wada, back on duty. We’ve introduced homemade sweets in our posts. In this post, I’m also going to share one, how to make a Japanese sweets called “warabi mochi”.

What is Warabi Mochi?

Warabi-mochi is a Japanese sweets made of bracken (fern) starch and sugar, usually comes along with kinako (roasted soybean powder). Originally, warabi (bracken) starch is used but since it’s very expensive now, potato or tapioca starch is used instead. I actually didn’t know about this until I checked the ingredient written on the “warabi” powder product I usually buy. Of course, it was written in Japanese and I just assumed those Kanji characters refer to warabi. When I checked, it actually means sweet potato starch. What a surprise for me. Anyway, so it only means you don’t have to have the actual warabi starch to make one, potato or tapioca starch will do.

Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi Powder Pack

“Warabi mochi powder” pack for 65 yen (less than $1)
good for 8 servings.

How to Make Warabi Mochi?

Usual way to prepare warabi-mochi is to cook it in a pot, by mixing well the starch and water and then, heat it up for about 2 to 3 minutes until it thickens. But I’ve learned another way to prepare with the use of a microwave just because I don’t want to wash the pot. It’s very simple, here’s how:

Ingredients (Good for 4 servings):

– 90 grams of “warabi-mochi” powder (potato or tapioca starch can be used too)
– 400~500 ml of water
– 2~3 tbsp. of sugar
– kinako (roasted soybean powder) and honey for topping
– ice cubes or iced water



1. In a big bowl, mix “warabi mochi” powder, sugar and water.
Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi - Mix up 01

2. Partially cover the bowl with a plastic wrap.
3. Microwave for a total of 6 minutes. Take it out every 2 minutes, mix and microwave again. This is to make sure it’s well mixed.
Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi - Microwaving

4. Then, take out the bowl and pour iced water or water with ice cubes into the bowl.
Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi - Cooling down

5. Keep the warabi-mochi in the cold water until it’s totally cooled down.
6. Strained the warabi-mochi and wipe off the water left.
Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi - Water strained

7. You can slice it in cubes, scoop out or shape it as you like.
8. Place the warabi-mochi in a plate and mix with kinako. You can also drizzle some honey. Ready to eat!
Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi

 Some Options

Although warabi-mochi with kinako tastes good as it is, mixing green tea (matcha) powder gives another variation. I’ve tried one with walnuts in it that I bought from supermarket and it was really good. I might try adding some nuts the next time I make it.

How is that to you? If you got some potato or tapioca starch left in your kitchen, why not give it a try? Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by!

5 Steps to Make Easy Homemade Tea Snacks


Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada on duty. What do you have with your drink? Cookies? Cakes? Pies? There are varieties of food at cafes but at home I suppose you just buy something and grab right? Lemme tell you about my favorite tea-time snack lately. It is called SWEET POTATO CAKE…ordinary? Hmp! But but…can you believe that you can make it in a half hour!!?? Here’s a recipe of an easy homemade tea snack.


You need only two things. Sweet potatoes and ICE CREAM!

easy homemade tea snack sweet_potatoeasy homemade tea snack ice_cream

For four (4) servings – two medium size sweet potatoes (in the photo I’ve got 5 small ones) – two scoops of vanilla ice cream Options(I’ll mention it later) – rum – beaten egg yolk

Why Ice Cream?

What normally requires for making sweet potato cakes (other than sweet potatoes) are cream/milk and sugar which ice cream contains all! It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

5 Steps for Making Sweet Potato Cakes


Step 1

Peel sweet potatoes, chop them in dice.

easy homemade tea snack chopped_potatoes

Step 2

Microwave the chopped sweet potatoes for about 5 minutes until it gets cooked. I use this plastic container for microwaving (it comes with a cover). Or you can just have them in a bowl/plate, wrap by saran wrap and microwave.

easy homemade tea snack plastic_box

By the way, microwave cooking has been sorta trend in Japan last several years (it’s been a while though). There are many items like this. I may show you more recipes using this method another time.

Step 3

Take the sweet potatoes out and now mush them! And here comes ice cream. Mix them well.

easy homemade tea snack mush easy homemade tea snack mix_with_icecream

Note: A few drops of rum would give it a great flavor. Got one in your kitchen? Then give it a try.

Step 4

Grab some of the mashed sweet potatoes and form it as sweet potato cakes. Its shape should be like the one below but you can shape it any way as you like. It won’t differ its taste anyway.

easy homemade tea snack foamed

Note: Spreading beaten egg yolk over the sweet potato cakes would make it shiny (not a must but it’d look nicer with this).

Step 5

It’s ready to be cooked. Throw them into the toaster. It’s an ordinary toaster that I use every morning. Toast for 10 minutes.

easy homemade tea snack toaster


Looking good, don’t you think?

easy homemade tea snack done

easy homemade tea snack tea_with_potato

Bon appetit con tus coffee! (oui) Please try this homemade tea snack and lemme know how you find it. Can’t wait to have it! See you around. Related links