8 Japanese Daifuku and their Facts

Daifuku was originally called “Habutai Mochi” because it used to fill the belly. The name was further changed to “Daifuku Mochi” and was being considered to bring good luck. It was only after the 18th century that Daifuku became popular and people had it in roasted form. Daifuku is a popular Japanese sweet which is in the form of a round rice cake filled with red bean paste and tastes sweet. These come in white, light green and light pink color. They are mainly of two sizes: 1 inch Daifuku and palm sized Daifuku. These are covered with potato starch to avoid sticking to fingers. Some Daifuku are also covered with cocoa powder. It can be easily prepared in a microwave oven. Let us now discuss about eight forms of Daifuku:

1. Coffee Daifuku: Coffee Daifuku is unique in taste as it consists of rice cake from outside and coffee beans and cream from inside. After having a bite of this Daifuku the coffee and cream in it will fill in your mouth and you will have a totally new experience.

 

Coffee Daifuku

Coffee Daifuku

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2. Goma Daifuku: Goma Daifuku is of two types mainly: Shiro Goma and Kuro Goma. Both have the filling of red bean paste inside but the difference is that Shiro Goma is covered with white sesame from outside and Kuro Goma is covered with black sesame. These are basically of the size of palm.

 

Goma Daifuku

Goma Daifuku

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3. Ichigo Daifuku- Ichigo Daifuku mainly is a ball made from rice flour and sweet red bean paste and strawberry is filled inside it. It should be made sure that the strawberries taken are ripe. You can have more than one Ichigo Daifuku at a time since it does not contain much fat. Relish this Daifuku with green tea.

Ichigo Daifuku

Ichigo Daifuku

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4. Kusa Daifuku- Kusa Daifuku is also known as ‘grass mochi’ or ‘yomogi mochi’. It is enjoyed in spring season. It is prepared out of rice flour ball and yomogi leaf which can be found in abundance in Japan. The filling inside can be of red bean paste.

 

Kusa Daifuku

Kusa Daifuku

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5. Mame Daifuku- Mame Daifuku uses a unique kind of bean called ‘aka-endomame’ which is filled in rice flour balls. The quality of these beans is that they become crisp after preparation. Other varieties of Mame Daifuku are also made from soybean and green beans. The pea instead of being sweet is salty and thus it is a preferred evening snack among people and is usually taken with green tea.

 

Mame Daifuku

Mame Daifuku

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6. Nanjakora Daifuku- If you want to have a heavenly experience of having a Daifuku you cannot miss Nanjakora Daifuku which is rice flour ball with a filling of red bean paste, chestnut, strawberry and cream cheese cube.

Nanjakora Daifuku

Nanjakora Daifuku

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 7. Shio Daifuku- Shio Daifuku is different from other Daifuku as they are salted dumplings which get sweet flavour due to the azuki bean paste inside. Black beans can also be added to it. The sweet and salty flavour blends really well together and tastes good.

 

Shio Daifuku

Shio Daifuku

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8. Ume Daifuku- In Ume Daifuku the rice flour ball has a green plum filling which is sweetened. You can get sweet as well as salty taste due to this filling. It is also crunchy and is considered to be most sought after Daifuku in Japan.

 

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If you are planning a trip to Japan you have something new to look forward to now. And that new thing is the several varieties of Daifuku.

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