I love this shop's sweets so much that I can never resist when walking pass
! When I saw that there's a new flavour around half a month ago, I didn't even have to think twice before making a purchase. The service was OK as I asked them about the new flavour. I confirmed the fact that they're made locally and not shipped over from Japan. Although people seem to have Japanophilia and automatically think the ones from Japan are better....I find that the HK ones are fresher, chewier, and moister. Each to his or her own.
I also want to say that the staff at this Shatin branch are much friendlier than the ones at the TST branch...I've had a bad experience there but I'll leave this review's focus to the Shatin branch.
On to the actual product itself...I bought the
Sakura Mochi. it was packed in a plastic box which I assume kept it from being squished. Most other flavours are packed in simple plastic bags. I understood why as I opened the box...the texture of the mochi was kind of pliable and did not bounce back to its original shape when squished. In fact, I think this can be attributable to the lower moisture content of this sakura mochi. Also, this mochi was the kind made with little grains of rice rather than the one made with the glutinous rice powder (which is much sticker). This sakura mochi seems even a little dryer than their normal rice mochis. You can see the little grains of rice used to make it clearly, so the surface is bumpy rather than smooth. It was light pink in colour (I assume it's from the sakura petals?) and it was wrapped on the outside with a salted sakura leaf (I think). It smelled verrrrrrrryyyy fragrant.
The taste of the outer layer was more subtle than I expected. It had some floral notes, but most of the taste was from the salted leaf, which provided a nice contrast to the sweet mochi. It kind of tasted like shiso...in a more flowery way. You can also taste the grains used to make the mochi, so it tasted kind of like sweet glutinous rice. Inside, it was filled with lots and lots and lots of Japanese red beans...
I hate the Chinese kind of red bean paste (like the ones found in mooncakes and stuff...I think it has lard? It's completely smooth and really dense...ugh). City Super's products withhttp://www.openrice.com/Images/Forum_icons/tongue.gif Japanese red beans which you can actually CHEW never fail to satisfy me (their obanyakis and breads also have wonderful red beans). As you can see from my picture, it was packed with lots of plump red beans which tasted just sweet enough for this mochi (some people may find it too sweet I guess...but for me, I think it matches the rather light tasting outer layer). As I said, the outer layer was dryer than normal, but that dryness matched the clean taste. This dryness probably means that it can't be kept more than a day though..or else it'll become rock hard.
All in all, an enjoyable snack as with their other mochis. But I think I still prefer their other flavours like sesame and kinako! Oh by the way, they have a stamp card which allows you to get one mochi free after you collect 10 stamps. It's not that hard when their mochis are so addictive!
Date of Visit: Apr 14, 2009
Spending per head: Approximately HKD14(Tea)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3