02 Japanese Culture

Warabimochi (Bracken Rice Cake) わらび餅

Warabimochi, or bracken rice cake, is a simple looking Japanese confectionery made by adding sugar and water to warabiko, or bracken powder. It is eaten on its own, or sometimes with kinako (soybean flour) or kuromitsu (molasses), or with anko (sweet bean paste). It is made by mixing heated starch with sugar and water, then cooling and hardening the mixture, so the resulting warabimochi becomes translucent and pulpy, giving it a cool appearance. The history of warabimochi is very old, and it is said to have been the favorite food of Emperor Daigo, so it is thought that wrabimochi already existed in the Heian period (10-12th century).


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