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

 

Procedure:

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 Great Japanese Convenience Store Services

conveni_sign

Hey I’m Mr. Wada on duty. It’s been cold again here. I hope Spring will be coming soon.

Do you like convenience stores? Me? Yeah, I guess I do. “Buy hot foods and stuff?” Nah, not always.

How convenience stores are like in Japan

You would find convenience stores (Japanese call them konbini) everywhere in Japan. In big cities they are like on every corner.

conveni_sign

Little bit of Trivia

Open 24/7 but take a look closer, you may actually see SHUTTERS installed at konbini (apparently not all of them). Why the hell they’ve got shutters? There are times they actually CLOSE for such things related to Royal family for instance. I barely remember though, it was when the previous Japanese emperor passed away, all the stores closed (including konbini) for mourning. Other reasons would be disasters like earthquake, or when it has to close completely by financial matters (out of business).

shutter
(Photo credit: halfrain)

5 Great Services of Japanese Convenience Store

Konbini in Japan today really seem convenient literary. Other than foods, drinks, or magazines, there are more great services that you should know. Let me tell you some that might be helpful.

1. ATM

Well, nothing less or more, ATM is ATM. Though think that we can withdraw cash at konbini, not at the bank! Plus, some banks don’t charge service fee for konbini ATM (perhaps with some conditions like certain amount of balance in your account would be required. It depends on the bank). I’ve found it quite useful especially for emergency.

Note: It might charge you extra during the holidays or weekends. Check conditions of your bank.

ATM

(Photo credit: Stéfan)

2. Bill Payment

Taxes, insurances, power bills and some other payments can be done at konbini. No hassle of lining up at the bank!

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(Photo credit: Brendan Wood)

3. Delivery service

Mailing/shipping and delivery services are available. I strongly recommend this delivery service. For instance, Amazon Japan accepts this service. When I place an order on Amazon,  there’s an option for shipping address. You can pick home address, another address or a specific konbini location. I normally pick konbini near work or my place. With this service I can pick up my package anytime! (what a relief) Well, it’s all because seeing a notice from a delivery guy as I get home and end up I’d have to go pick up my package at the post office really kills me. So I really appreciate this service.

Note: Convenience stores normally hold packages about a week or so. Make sure you will make it before that.

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4. Free WiFi

Many konbini now offer free WiFi. Since there are millions of them in Japan, it’d be useful for travelers especially. I will guide you how to use it in another time.
wifi_sign

5. Ticket Reservations

The ticket machine is usually installed next to the ATM or the copy machine. We can purchase/reserve variety of tickets like for concerts, amusement park, flights, movies, etc.

ticket

Washroom (Extra)

I wouldn’t call it a service but perhaps this could save your ass (it’s true that I’ve been saved by this several times). At most of stores, washroom is open to anyone. It’s like standard public washroom in Japan today.

washroom

Lastly

There are a bunch of other services I couldn’t tell you this time. Go visit and explore what they got! They keep changing.

Oh, I’ve got to swing by and pick my package up at konbini. See you around.

 

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