It was the time I had to develop sweets for Wasoukan Café (Notting Hill, London) for July. It is a ‘Kimono’ shop with a café counter that the staff serves ‘Matcha’ Green Tea in a Tea Ceremony style and also two types of monthly Japanese sweets. Yes, their sweets are made by me and I have been developing two new Japanese sweets every month for them. The staff told me that they were amazed at the popularity of ‘Mochi’. So I had to decide what kind of Mochi sweet I should deliver to them for this month… I wanted a colour and the flavour which go well with the Mochi texture and considered several possibilities and then an idea came to my mind.
It is a Mochi type of sweet with Purple Sweet Potato Paste. Western people are rather sceptical about the idea of using Sweet Potato as a sweet but in Japan we love to use several root vegetables as sweet and Sweet Potato is one of the most popular ones. It has the natural sweetness and more importantly the flavour goes so well as the Japanese sweet. I saw some BBC program which introduced the reason that many people live a very long healthily life in one area of Japan was due to Purple Sweet Potato. They did not show any scientific evidence to this theory so I am not sure if it is true or not but one thing I can say is we like Purple Sweet Potatoes.
Purple Sweet Potato Mochi
So, here is my Sweet Potato Mochi. It is not just a normal Sweet Potato Mochi but it is a “Purple Sweet Potato Mochi” for this month. 😀
The Mochi I used as the base is very soft and with plain flavour. I think the simplicity brings up the flavour of Sweet Potato the most and it is also more aesthetically pleasing.
It was decorated with a purple swirl of Sweet White Bean Paste with Purple Sweet Potato and a piece of cooked sweet potato on the top.
If you cut it in a half you can see that there is a layer of Sweet White Bean Paste hidden between the Mochi and Purple Sweet Potato Paste.
This sweet is Free from Gluten, Egg, Dairy and Oil.
This Purple Sweet Potato Mochi is served at Wasoukan Café (Notting Hill, London) until the end of July.