Hong Kong – Japanese Sweets Deli Mochi Cream

Restaurant: Japanese Sweets Deli Mochi Cream
Cuisine: Japanese/Desserts
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
Tel: 2831-3946
Price Range: $10CAD or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 4
Service: 4
Ambiance: n/a (In a Japanese specialty grocery store)
Overall: n/a
Additional comments:

  • 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.

Other flavours include: Darjeeling Tea, Green Tea, Black Sesame, Green Soybean, Peach Yoghurt, Caramel Pudding, Rum Raisin, Sweet potato etc.

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:


Sakura Mochi – 2.5/6

  • $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.

Honey Cranberry2/6

  • $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.

**Apple Pie4/6

  • $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.

**Chocolate Banana6/6

  • $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.

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10 Comments

  • Darin says:

    We have a MOCHICREAM here in Honolulu at Shirokiya Hawaii… I used to work right across the street from them and no doubt have had my fair share of their mochi!

    And true, they’re very popular in Japan, but in Hawaii you can get plenty of mochi too!

  • Mijune says:

    I should have known!! There is a HUGE Japanese population in Hawaii…you guys probably have awesome Japanese food too. Has the ramen craze hit yet or is that old news? It’s a craze in Vancouver right now for sure.

    btw is MOCHICREAM the best mochi in Hawaii or is their better? I thought it was a bit inconsistent and quite expensive…but still good.

  • Yen says:

    !
    The mall I went to a little while ago in Beijing has this shop. Ridiculously expensive, but I really wanted to try it.
    I think I may go back to buy some now;;;;;;;

  • Mijune says:

    Yen – Are you still in Beijing? I do think they are expensive too…a gourmet treat I’d say. I bought 4 and spent almost $70HKD…almost $10CAD for 4 mochi!

  • Geoffrey Wu says:

    Hi Mijune,

    Wonderful photos & I am a HUGE fan of Mochi Cream as well! I try & enjoy this every weekend if possible!

    Happy Eating in Hong Kong!
    Geoff

  • Mijune says:

    @Geoffrey Wu – I didn’t see this comment until now! I hope you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Natalie says:

    Welcome to Seoul!! We have a Mochi Cream franchise downtown at the Shinsegae Food court! Exquisite but same high price : 6 pieces cost around $12CAD but sooooo worth it! Mango and Peach are my favorite flavours! I drive 5 km to go get them.

    Natalie

  • greg says:

    they have a small elegant shop in the huge Mitsuwa market plaza in Torrance, CA. if you go the “take away”route, the mocha cream dumplings are frozen; otherwise, they are packed fresh and ready-to-eat. the prices are good too – 11.20 (US) for a gift box of 6. the Japanese taste is different from our American preferences. subtle flavors that must be appreciated with a clean palate (i.e., don’t eat anything spicy prior to tasting the creams or they will taste pretty bland) accompanied by, at most, a cup of gyokuro tea.

  • Mijune says:

    @greg – thanks for the tip!! Awesome!

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