15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys

15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys

Everyone has another room for dessert. What comes to your mind when you hear “dessert”? : A lot of sugar, a lot of cream or a lot of butter? Well, Desserts do not have to be so much sweet. There are numerous delicious lightly sweet desserts in Japan which some of you might know or like. Instead of cream, red bean paste is used for many Japanese desserts and therefore, they are very healthy and has low calorie. Japanese desserts are so unique and different from other countries’, so if you want to explore your new taste of desserts, they would be perfect for you. Speaking of Japanese desserts, Japanese men tend to prefer creamy desserts, so if you have Japanese boyfriend or Japanese friends, you might want to check them out.

As a Japanese man, I would like to share 15 Japanese desserts you must-try to those people who are curious about Japanese desserts, who are wondering what kinds of desserts do Japanese men like and also, a few latest popular desserts in Japan. I would be happy if you become more interested in japan through the Japanese desserts.



 

15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys

 

1. Anmitsu

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Anmitsu is a Japanese traditional dessert made of small agar cubes and sweetened beans with fruit pieces and syrup. There are various variations of anmitsu such as the one with whip cream and the one with ice cream on it. Anmitsu is enjoyed during the summer.

 

2. Botamochi

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Botamochi is like rice cake dumpling. It is a rice cake which is made from steamed rice and steamed glutinous rice with a sweet red paste made from red beans. You can taste richness of red beans which is excellent with the rice cake. Interestingly, there are many saying used the word, “Botamochi” such as Tana kara Botamochi (a botamochi falls down from a shelf) which means Pennies from heaven in English.

 

3. Castella

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Since Castella was introduced by Portuguese, it became one of the famous desserts in japan. This sponge cake is made of sugar, flour; eggs and starch syrup which make bouncy, moist and good texture yellow cake and its top and bottom dark brown. You can add some honey in the course of making sponge cake so that you can make sweet Castella with a gentle flavor of honey. Castella is known as a specialty of Nagasaki prefecture.

 

4. Coffee Jelly

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As the name suggest, it is coffee gelatin dessert. Coffee Jelly is usually cut into cubes and added milkshakes or creams that create great collaboration between the bitterness and sweetness. It is easy to make, so you can make it at home and arrange whatever you want. Probably Coffee Jelly is not known around the world, but it is very common and popular desserts in here, so if you visit Japan, please try it. You can find it in convenience store or supermarket and it is served in restaurants and Cafes.

 

5. Daifuku

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Daifuku is one of the most popular Japanese desserts. It is a soft rice cake, ( we call it “mocha” ) stuffed with sweetened red bean paste made from azuki. The standard color is white or pink, but there are so many varieties. For example, “ Yomogi Daifuku” which is its rice cake flavored with Japanese mugwort, “ Ichigo Daifuku “ which is containing strawberry. You might feel odd that strawberry is in red bean paste, but one you taste it, I am sure that you will be addicted.

 

6. Dango

15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys_Dango

It is no exaggeration to say that Dango represents Japanese traditional desserts. It is pound steamed rice formed small round and three or four dango are generally served on a skewer. There are many varieties: A dango which is placed red bean paste, Mitarashi dango which is covered with syrup made from soy sauce, sugar and starch and more. There are so many varieties that we can enjoy them for each season.

 

7. Dorayaki

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Dorayaki is one of the traditional Japanese desserts; red bean paste sandwiched between two sweet pancakes. Everyone from adults to children like Dorayaki so, you should try to make it at home. It is easy to make. Also, Dorayaki are well known as the favorite food of “ Doraemon ”, the character of popular comic animation in japan.

 

8. Green tea ice cream

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We love green tea. When you come to japan, you will be noticed that there are a lot of green tea flavor foods. Green tee ice cream is one of the standards flavor in Japan and looks very beautiful and natural green and smells like deep rich flavor between bitterness and sweetness. Also, you can get it in the United States. I highly recommend this Japanese dessert. I think it is only a matter of time until Green tea ice cream becomes popular around the world.

 

9. Shaved ice

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Shaved ice (we call it “Kakigouri”) is made by shaving block of ice. It is well known and popular in many countries as well as Japan and it is perfect dessert for summer time. Although we eat it with various syrups, as Japanese, I would like to recommend Ujikintoki flavor (powdered Uji green tea and topped with kintoki which is a kind of red bean)

 

10. Namagashi

15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys_Namagashi

Namagashi is a small unbaked cake which is 30 to 40 % amount of water in it and therefore it will not keep long. There are many different kinds in these delicate desserts. Each of them is very elaborate and looks like art work. It is a little expensive but you will never regret trying it. Namagashi are a feast for the eyes and taste elegant and gentle. You can find it in specialty stores in japan.

 

11. Taiyaki

15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys_Taiyaki

Taiyaki is a fish shaped cake. It is made using by pancake and the filling is commonly red bean paste made from azuki, but there are other fillings like custard, cheese, cream and so on instead of red bean paste. It is fun to watch and taste good, so it is perfect for children. Of course, it’s perfect for us as well. Taiyaki are sold on a hot iron plate which is shaped like a fish.

 

12. Youkan

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Youkan is like sweet bean jelly. It is sold in block form and we slice it to eat. There are some kinds of Youkan, but typical one is used Azuki (sweetened red bean paste). You can taste a rich and milky Azuki directly because it is made from Azuki, agar, sugar and water. I recommend the one which contains chestnut.

 

13. Warabimochi

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Warabimochi is made from starch, sugar and water. It is very simple, soft and chewy dessert and usually covered with kinako which is sweet toasted soybean flour. It is often sold during the summertime. Warabimochi is well known dessert throughout Japan in particular, it is very popular in Kansai region.

 

14. Cronut

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Cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry. It is selected as one of the 25 best inventions of 2013 in Time magazine, so some of you might have known or tried already. The first branch has been opened in Tokyo in Jun 2015. Before the opening day, over 300 people lined up in front of the store to get the new dessert which was born in New York.

 

15. Pancakes

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As of late, pancakes are very popular especially with a lot of cream one. Not only women but also men are obsessed with pancakes. There are so many varieties that we are never getting tired of their taste. Interestingly, many girls who eat pancakes, they take picture of them and post it to sns like Facebook. It seems like pancake boom will continue for a while.

 

Conclusion

Those are 15 Japanese desserts you must-try. As you can see, many Japanese desserts are based on sweetened red beans and thus they are low calorie and healthy compared to other desserts using a lot of cream. I am not referring Japanese desserts is better than others; there is nothing to choose between them. I hope you become interested in Japanese desserts and popular desserts that I shared in this article.

 

15 Fave Japanese Desserts of Japanese Guys

1. Anmitsu
2. Botamochi
3. Castella
4. Coffee Jelly
5. Daifuku
6. Dango
7. Dorayaki
8. Green tea ice cream
9. Shaved ice
10. Namagashi
11. Taiyaki
12. Youkan
13. Warabimochi
14. Cronut
15. Pancakes