Sunday, January 08, 2012

hanabira mochi

chikujian There is an interesting mochi during this time of year called Hanabira mochi.

Hanabira literally means flower petal.

White mochi (rice cake) is rolled out thin and a pink colored mochi is added to it so that you can see the pink through the white.

Inside of the pink mochi, some sweetened miso and a candied gobo (burdock root).

chikujian (2) It is said that the 11th head of the Urasenke (Japanese tea ceremony school), Gengensai, created this sweet based on the "hishi-hanabira", a sweet that the Imperial court would eat during the New Year.

I purchased this one at Chikujian...delicious with some green tea.


Rick said...

Oooh that sounds delicious with the candied gobo bits inside.

Dennis K. said...

The gobo and sweet miso combination sounds great!

K and S said...

Thanks Rick, it isn't bits of gobo though, just one long piece :)

Amazingly it works, Dennis :)

Take care you two.

Japan Australia said...

It looks so pretty and sounds like it tastes just as good :)

Japan Australia

Lizzy Do said...

Wow, so many neat Japanese treats that I've never heard of before...thanks for enlightening me :) must be the only person who saw my strawberry bread before I deleted it. My family said it was "OK" so I didn't think it was good enough for the blog hop. Then my knitting group said it was you may see it again!

Kathy YL Chan said...

beautiful! haven't tried any type dessert with gobo before (only in savory dishes), it sounds intriguing ^_^

jalna said...

Sounds like something I would like.

K and S said...

different but delicious J-A!

aw you deleted it?! it looked good Lizzy :)

kinda like the Chinese candied lotus root, Kathy :)

I hope you get a chance to try something like this Jalna :)

Take care everyone!

KirkK said...

That's a very pretty, delicate looking wagashi Kat!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Such a pretty pink color--although at first glance I thought it said habanero mochi. ;-)

K and S said...

that is funny Deb :)

Take care.

Rowena... said...

It looks so delicate too. And with candied!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Beautiful - I miss Japanese sweets and their beauty. Everything here is big and more rough, not too details (although there are good things about it too). Love delicate dessert.

K said...

So pretty!

K and S said...

delicately soft Rowena :)

hope you get your fill Nami when you visit :)

and tasty K :)

Take care everyone.

myra said...

Oooh! That looks so good.

Happy New Year Kat!

K and S said...

Thanks Myra, have a great 2012!

Take care.