Wagashi

The traditional Japanese sweets known as wagashi has been gaining international popularity in recent years. It’s a plant based sweet that has been perfected during Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1868) and is most commonly served during tea ceremonies. Learn more about the different types of wagashi, how they are made and how easy it is to make them yourself at home.

Table of Contents

  • Types of wagashi
    • Daifuku
    • Dango
    • Dorayaki
    • Namagashi
    • Oshiruko
    • Taiyaki
    • Yokan jelly
  • How to make your own wagashi
  • Buy wagashi treats

  • In this video a Texan in Tokyo visits a wagashi shop in Tokyo. Video is owned and created by a Texan in Tokyo.


    Types of wagashi

    Not all wagashi are the same as some are based on different ingredients and others are seasonal. Here we will mention some of the most popular types.


    Daifuku

    Stawberry daifuku

    Stawberry daifuku.

    Daifuku is a type of mochi and the word literally translates to ‘Good Luck’. It basically consists of a rice cake (known as mochi) stuffed with anko (red bean paste). In the image above you will see some strawberries added as a filling. There are many different varieties of daifuku which you can read more about on this Wikipedia page.


    Dango

    Dango, which is a type of mochi, can be best described as a Japanese dumpling that is baked with rice flour. It’s also a highly popular treat that usually gets served during tea ceremonies. Read more about the different varieties of dango at thisis-japan.com.


    Dorayaki

    You will know dorayaki if you have ever watched the popular Japanese anime series, Doraemon. In the series the main character loves dorayaki and often refers to it as ‘yummy buns’. The treat consists of two pancake type buns which are filled with a delicious red bean paste (azuki).


    Namagashi

    Namagashi

    akira yamada from Yokohama, Japan, Namagashi, CC BY-SA 2.0

    Namagashi is a favorite during Japanese tea ceremonies and they can be incredibly aesthetic as a number of chefs make them look incredibly artistic. They are made from sweet bean paste and gelatines such as jelly. These treats can be made in the form of animals, flowers and anything else the baker feels like.


    Oshiruko

    Oshiruko is a popular winter treat. It’s made by crushing and boiling sweet azuki beans into paste and then adding ingredients, or even a combination of ingredients, such as mochi, dumplings, chestnuts etc.


    Taiyaki

    Taiyaki

    Taiyaki wagashi.

    Delicious taiyaki is basically pancake shaped into the form of a taiyaki (sea bream fish) that can have any number of different fillings. The most popular filling is red bean paste (azuki) but sausage, chocolate and even cheese can be used.


    Yokan jelly

    Yokan is any jelly based wagashi and is usually made from sugar, red bean paste and a jelly substance derived from red algae known as agar. These are cold treats and are popular during the warm Japanese summer months.


    How to make your own wagashi

    Wagashi, although a Japanese delicacy, is also somewhat of an art form. There are many different varieties that exist and the most commonly used ingredients are fruit, nuts, sugar, rice, anko (azuki bean paste) and flour. Interested in learning how to make your own? Simply follow these easy wagashi recipes from cookpad and check out these products listed below.


    Heavenly wagashi recipes

    Heavenly wagashi recipes

    The highly illustrative and clear step by step instructions provided in Heavenly Wagashi Recipes by Carla Hale proves that making your very own wagashi at home is really easy.

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    Wagashi molds

    Comolife Japanese Wagashi molds

    The one thing you absolutely need when making wagashi at home – apart from good recipes, are molds to shape your treats. The mold featured here is made from hard plastic and is rather large so your treats will be pretty big sized too. It can withstand temperatures between -20°C and 100°C and weighs 7.5 ounces.

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    Buy wagashi treats

    If you would like to try them before you make them then take a look at these. We have selected a variety of treats for you to choose from.


    Assorted wagashi sweets gift box

    Assorted wagashi sweets gift box

    In this pack of assorted wagashi treats you will find 7 different kinds all of which are made in Japan. These are yokan jelly based and are the spring and summer versions.

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    200g bag of assorted wagashi

    200g bag of assorted wagashi

    A 200g bag of assorted wagashi treats – all made in Japan!

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    Mixed mochi treats

    Mixed mochi treats

    In this bag of mixed mochi treats you will find taro, sesame, read bean and peanut sweets.

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