Anmitsu is made of small cubes of agar agar (Japanese gelatin) in a brown sugar syrup. It’s garnished with sweet red bean paste, mochi, ice cream, fruit — basically whatever you can think of.
Japanese ice cream flavors are always amazing, from red bean, to matcha to black sesame, they tend to be one of the less-sweet options.
Mochi, the beloved glutinous rice cake can be stuffed with just about any dessert ingredient you can think of, but often it’s sweet red bean paste.
Dorayaki are soft, fluffy pancakes, usually stuffed with red bean paste, nutella or matcha cream.
The Japanese have a special way with cheesecake. Part light-as-air sponge cake, part cheesecake, the finished product gets sprinkled with matcha powder and topped with fresh fruit.
Sakura (cherry blossoms) are pickled, then set in a beautiful jelly, which rests on top of cherry and white chocolate mousse. We are absolutely obsessed with this dessert.
Another variation on stuffed mochi, these are filled with red bean paste and a whole strawberry. Best cross-section ever, right?
Taiyaki are little fish-shaped waffles stuffed with chocolate, custard or red bean paste. You can pick up a taiyaki pan onAmazon.
Kanten is a Japanese gelatin dessert made from agar agar. These delicate treats are almost always served with tea.