7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan!

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan!

To foreigners visiting Japan, daifuku or “good luck” refers to the small round glutinous sweet red-bean paste stuffed rice cakes (mochi). If stuffed with strawberry, or other Japanese fruits for filling, they call it Tai Fook. Foreigners must come to Japan to really enjoy original Tai Fook and Daifuku preparations. Here are 7 useful tips for enjoying your Daifuku in Japan:



 

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan!

 

1. Eat traditional Daifuku

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan! traditional

The daifuku is traditionally eaten widely during New Year’s Day and on special days as well. The mochi rice is pounded on a wooden bowl by the men and then shifted by the women. Nowadays daifuku could be eaten any time of year sometimes with Zoni soup and sometimes with Azuki.

 

2. Try Strawberry Filled Daifuku

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan! strawberry

A very tasty variation of daifuku is made with strawberry and anko (sweet cream) filling. This variation is called Ichigo daifuku and it is usually a springtime delicacy since strawberries abound during spring. It is a small and round mocha and is also eaten with soup since the mocha itself is bland.

 

3. Try Orange Filled Daifuku

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan! orange

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Mikan daifuku is an orange or tangerine filled daifuku that is very popular during winter months because of the vitamin C it contains. The whole tangerine fruit is inside this mochi, so best be careful when eating this because the juice of the tangerine can spill easily

 

4. Grilled Daifuku

Daifuku is glorious when grilled or toasted like dango because the outer coating is made of rice flour and sometimes condensed milk and the inside filling, of plum, green tea or whole strawberry. The fruit is usually wrapped fresh onto the glutinous rice dough. The Japanese would pour soy sauce over it and then serve it with Japanese tea.

 

5. Fried Daifuku

Many people are crazy over fried daifuku because the flavor of this soft, marshmallow like textured desert is heightened by frying because the red beans inside become hot or warm and tend to melt in the mouth. Best served during tea ceremonies with green tea because the tea contrasts with the subtle sweetness of the beans.

 

6. Enjoy Daifuku along with tea

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan! with tea

As stated in the previous, tea is served to contrast the subtle sweetness of daifuku. Popular Japanese tea include green and Jasmine. And here is another surprise: the filling of the daifuku can be a green tea flavored cream instead of the usual red beans. Over the years different fillings are offered for the Japanese’s evolving palate.

 

7. Enjoy Daifuku with wine

Japanese wine, like rice wine, is perfect with daifuku. Drinkers like the contrasting flavor of the wine and the sweetness in the daifuku. The sweet and sour taste of fruit filled daifuku such as ichigo (strawberry) enhances the contrasting flavors and tastes. Daifuku is also filling which encourage drinking in moderation.

 

Conclusion

The original name of the rice cake is Habutai mochi which translates to belly thick rice cake. Later on the name was changed to daifukumochi literally translated to big belly rice cake. It was then shortened to daifuku. This is traditionally given as a gift on special occasions to bring good luck since fuku means luck.

 

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Daifuku in Japan!

1. Eat traditional Daifuku
2. Try Strawberry Filled Daifuku
3. Try Orange Filled Daifuku
4. Grilled Daifuku
5. Fried Daifuku
6. Enjoy Daifuku along with tea
7. Enjoy Daifuku with wine