The Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa has a new sweet addition to complement its roster of savory food stalls like Santoka and Sky Express. Mochi Cream is a, well, mochi cream, specialist–a dessert that's made by wrapping the sweet, glutinous rice paste called mochi around flavored fillings like red bean.
The parent company hails from Japan and their refrigerated confections bare a resemblance to mochi ice cream, which you may be familiar, except these are meant to be thawed prior to eating.
In all, 25 flavors are offered, including apple pie, Darjeeling, and something called “Orange Cheese.” A Mochi Cream has been open at Torrance's Mitsuwa since last summer. Could these chewy confections be the next macarons?
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.