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Mochi Roll, Reviewed!
Mochi Roll, Reviewed!
24th June 2021 ē by Adam
24th June 2021 ē Let's roll ē by Adam
Let's roll
I recently made a blog post about the history of Japanese snacks, where I wrote about the different types of dagashi and wagashi, how they came to be and what the Japanese snack industry is like now. When talking about Wagashi, I of course mentioned one of the most popular types - mochi - and how Tofu Cute currently stocks many varieties of it. What I neglected to mention, however, was that one of the types of mochi we currently stock is a) relatively new and b) a unique and delicious take on the mochi formula. So, hereís a review of Bamboo House Mochi Roll!

Whatís special about Mochi Roll is that it feels committed to delivering upon its premise. You might hear the words mochi roll and expect disappointment, or concern that the standard mochi formula of sweet gooey rice cakes has been in some way mishandled by changing its shape. You can put such concerns to the back of your mind, as I can confirm that Mochi Roll - the new cylinder-shaped mochi treat - is a delight in both flavours.

The first of two flavours that I tried was the Matcha Red Bean flavour. Although Iím not the biggest fan of red bean paste, it is certainly something I kind of like, and this particular flavour didnít let me down. Right from the get go, the first thing I notice is the soft and chewy mochi texture, which is then followed up with the sweet taste of red bean paste, and the whole thing ends with a delightful burst of cream. Thereís something really unique about the textural and taste combination of each of these Mochi Roll bites that is hard to describe. None of the three core flavours were particularly overpowering. Even if the green tea taste isnít quite as strong as I would like, it still feels well balanced in terms of the flavours. Itís like a trilogy of traditional tastes.

If youíve enjoyed normal flavours of mochi before, or if you like red bean paste in other contexts like dorayaki (layered pancakes filled with red bean inside), then youíre almost guaranteed to enjoy this flavour of mochi roll. It has a nice muted sweetness to it, and is quite a refreshing snack. All things considered, Iíd give this flavour a solid 8/10.

I also tried the other flavour of Bamboo House Mochi Roll - the Taro Milk flavour. Unlike the other flavour which is a nice green colour, this flavour sports an orange-y violet hue and of course doesnít contain any red bean but rather a taro paste surrounding the cream layer. I am most ambivalent towards taro flavours (if you donít know what taro is, itís a starchy root with a unique earthy taste that is used in a lot of Japanese dishes), but I was quite surprised with how much I actually liked this. Iím not saying that itíll convert you if you donít like taro already, but the taro flavour seems to blend nicely with the mochi texture and the cream to create something pretty coherent. All in all, Iíd give it a strong 7/10 - I didnít vibe with it as much as the Matcha Red Bean flavour, but itís still a strong showing!
All in all, these new mochi treats are well worth a try for any discerning mochi fan, or just those who enjoy the traditional flavours of Japanese confectionery. Itís an interesting twist on the mochi formula that adds a lot without taking anything away, and for that it gets an honest recommendation from me!
I recently made a blog post about the history of Japanese snacks, where I wrote about the different types of dagashi and wagashi, how they came to be and what the Japanese snack industry is like now. When talking about Wagashi, I of course mentioned one of the most popular types - mochi - and how Tofu Cute currently stocks many varieties of it. What I neglected to mention, however, was that one of the types of mochi we currently stock is a) relatively new and b) a unique and delicious take on the mochi formula. So, hereís a review of Bamboo House Mochi Roll!

Whatís special about Mochi Roll is that it feels committed to delivering upon its premise. You might hear the words mochi roll and expect disappointment, or concern that the standard mochi formula of sweet gooey rice cakes has been in some way mishandled by changing its shape. You can put such concerns to the back of your mind, as I can confirm that Mochi Roll - the new cylinder-shaped mochi treat - is a delight in both flavours.

The first of two flavours that I tried was the Matcha Red Bean flavour. Although Iím not the biggest fan of red bean paste, it is certainly something I kind of like, and this particular flavour didnít let me down. Right from the get go, the first thing I notice is the soft and chewy mochi texture, which is then followed up with the sweet taste of red bean paste, and the whole thing ends with a delightful burst of cream. Thereís something really unique about the textural and taste combination of each of these Mochi Roll bites that is hard to describe. None of the three core flavours were particularly overpowering. Even if the green tea taste isnít quite as strong as I would like, it still feels well balanced in terms of the flavours. Itís like a trilogy of traditional tastes.

If youíve enjoyed normal flavours of mochi before, or if you like red bean paste in other contexts like dorayaki (layered pancakes filled with red bean inside), then youíre almost guaranteed to enjoy this flavour of mochi roll. It has a nice muted sweetness to it, and is quite a refreshing snack. All things considered, Iíd give this flavour a solid 8/10.

I also tried the other flavour of Bamboo House Mochi Roll - the Taro Milk flavour. Unlike the other flavour which is a nice green colour, this flavour sports an orange-y violet hue and of course doesnít contain any red bean but rather a taro paste surrounding the cream layer. I am most ambivalent towards taro flavours (if you donít know what taro is, itís a starchy root with a unique earthy taste that is used in a lot of Japanese dishes), but I was quite surprised with how much I actually liked this. Iím not saying that itíll convert you if you donít like taro already, but the taro flavour seems to blend nicely with the mochi texture and the cream to create something pretty coherent. All in all, Iíd give it a strong 7/10 - I didnít vibe with it as much as the Matcha Red Bean flavour, but itís still a strong showing!
All in all, these new mochi treats are well worth a try for any discerning mochi fan, or just those who enjoy the traditional flavours of Japanese confectionery. Itís an interesting twist on the mochi formula that adds a lot without taking anything away, and for that it gets an honest recommendation from me!
About the Author: Adam
Adam is the lead writer of the Tofu Cute Blog and Wordsmith person at Team Tofu. When he's not making fun content for Tofu Cute, he enjoys being a huge nerd. He spends his free time gaming, reading, cooking and figuring out ways to make Godzilla and other giant monsters real.
About the Author: Adam
Adam is the lead writer of the Tofu Cute Blog and Wordsmith person at Team Tofu. When he's not making fun content for Tofu Cute, he enjoys being a huge nerd. He spends his free time gaming, reading, cooking and figuring out ways to make Godzilla and other giant monsters real.
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