Restaurant: Japanese Sweets Deli Mochi Cream
Last visited: April 13, 2010
Location: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Address: Metro: Causeway Bay
SOGO Causeway Bay Shop B2-29 – 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Price Range: $10CAD or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Ambiance: n/a (In a Japanese specialty grocery store)
- Located inside a Japanese specialty grocery store in Hong Kong
- Made in Japan
- Specializes in authentic mochi
- Very popular in Japan
- Lots of flavours, extensive mochi menu
- Gourmet mochi
- Available in gift box sets
- Quite expensive
- Best eaten day of purchase
- Best served thawed (10-15min) from fridge, not frozen!
- Not ice cream mochi
**Recommendations: Chocolate Banana, Apple Pie – best eaten at room temperature. Allow to thaw 15min. from fridge, when mochi (rice) skin becomes soft. Heard Mango is good too, but I didn’t try it.
Japanese Sweet Deli MOCHICREAM is a shop that originated from Japan and has since expanded to Hong Kong. It’s only location in Hong Kong is inside a Japanese specialty grocery store in the SOGO shopping mall located at Causeway Bay.
It’s almost like the Japanese Harrod’s but more affordable and not as high end. Did I mention there’s samples throughout this Japanese grocery store? YES! Don’t be shy…we all like samples…and Costco! =p However there are no samples of these mochis…only samples of the non-expensive stuff.
What is MOCHICREAM?
MOCHICREAM is a gourmet mochi that is available in lots of gourmet flavours. It’s specially flavoured sticky mochi skin wrapped around flavoured bean jam with a specialty made cream in the middle. It’s creamy, pasty, stick and chewy all at once. My only problem is that the mochi skin is inconsistent…some of the mochi skin dried out and became hard.
These are not ice cream mochis so the directions they give are to allow them to thaw 10-15min. to room temperature before eating.
New specialty flavours include: Raspberry Mille-Feuille, Double Caramel Pudding, Prange Cheesecake, Caramel Coffee, Soybean Powder (these guys are almost $3CAD each)
On the table:
- $14HKD – about $2CAD
- They’re pretty expensive and it’s about the size of a prawn dumpling aka “har gow” in Vancouver (in Hong Kong they’re smaller)
- I can’t say I liked this one, but I chose it because Sakura is one of the most popular flavours in Japan.
- Sakura is pretty much “cherry blossom” flavour, but the taste is like sweet cherry but more fragrant and floral than fruity. It’s quite sweet.
- The mochi was just plain sweet with a red bean paste and cream filling inside. I don’t like red bean so I didn’t really like this.
- $15HKD – about $2CAD
- I really wasn’t a fan of this one either.
- The filling tastes like tart grape jam with a red bean paste texture. It was too artificial tasting for me.
- The cream actually stood out more in this one and tasted almost like ice cream.
- Parts of the mochi skin were harder than others so I feel as though this was stale.
- $18HKD – about $2.50CAD
- This mochi was my whole reason for coming here! I heard heard about the “apple pie mochi” and had to try it! I recommend it because it’s creative and where else will you ever get it?!
- The inside filling wasn’t a cream this time. Instead it was a caramel filling.
- The yellow paste around the caramel had an apple flavour and there were flakes of phyllo pastry throughout it.
- You really have to let this thaw to enjoy it. It should melt in your mouth.
- It could have used a stronger apple flavour because the strongest taste was caramel.
- The phyllo was actually a bit distracting at times because I thought it was dried out mochi skin since I wasn’t expecting it.
- $17HKD – about $2.40CAD
- This is one of the most popular and customer favourite flavour. It’s mine too and my must try mochi! Best mochi of the 4 for sure.
- I thought it was sounded too ordinary so I was about to pass on the flavour, but the guy working here really sold it to me…figuratively and literally.
- The mochi has a dusting of cocoa powder on the outside.
- The paste tastes like pure banana puree and it was the stand out flavour. It also had bites of chocolate chips throughout the puree.
- It tasted like frozen bananas with chocolate wrapped in a mochi! Freaking Delicious! I could have had 10.