10 delicious mochi treats to try in Singapore, Lifestyle News
For the ultimate QQ (a Taiwanese term used to describe vibrancy) with a satisfying mouth feel, you can’t go wrong with mochi.
Made with glutinous rice that has been reduced to a soft, sticky paste, mochi is believed to have originated in China, but it is also an important delicacy in Japanese and Taiwanese culture.
Singapore also appears to be catching the bandwagon, with dozens of bakeries across the city-state now incorporating the textured treat into their repertoire.
From chewy and springy buns in a myriad of local flavors to giant cookies sprinkled with chunks of mochi to chewy mochi croissants, here are a few of our favorites.
These humble, made-to-order mochi buns are some of the best you’ll find on the island. The soft mantou-like bread is actually steamed and made without preservatives or all-natural ingredients, making it a healthier option.
Signature Mamafang flavors include matcha red beans, black sesame, and sweet potato, the latter sporting a crisp, aesthetic purple garnish. The order slots for the week open every Monday.
Mochi muffins and donuts are the name of the game at this small batch bakery. Led by a mother-daughter duo, the couple began baking their treats during last year’s blackout period and quickly gained strong popularity.
Try the lemon curd mochi muffins, which have a tangy taste and are made from 100% real lemons. We also love the nut mochi banana muffins which are topped with a layer of crispy crumble.
+65 9880 5721.
Keong Saik Bakery
This popular outfit from Outram Park features two delicious mochi treats in the form of a cube of black sesame muah chee croissant and a chocolate mochi cookie.
The former has a wonderfully flaky and crispy exterior. It’s then topped with a rich and decadent filling consisting of a thick black sesame paste and plenty of muah chee nuggets. Meanwhile, the chewy cookie has chunks of mochi scattered all over the place and makes a great pick-me-up for the afternoon.
33 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089140, +65 9021 9626.
Have you ever heard of dochi? This is what WTV calls their bite-sized mochi donuts, which come in boxes of ten.
The chewy dochis have a satisfying bite and come in different rotating flavors: like golden maple with fragrant maple syrup and sesame seeds; The crowd favorite biscoff crisp with bulky cookie crumbs and salted garlic parmesan butter topped with parsley flakes.
We challenge you not to polish the whole box at once.
If you are looking for super bouncy mochi bread filled with sticky rice paste, then you have come to the right place.
At Taiwanese bakery MuYoo, you can choose from an assortment of chewy treats with familiar flavors like Chocolate Banana, Black Sesame, Peanut, and Earl Gray.
They don’t skimp on the topping which makes the buns quite filling, so we suggest sharing them with a friend or two if you want to try all four options.
1 Jurong West Central 2, # 01-K8 / 9, Singapore 648886.
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, # B1-22, Singapore 486038, +65 9838 4183.
Rakki is your go-to joint for milk rolls that have received the mochi treatment. The home bakery prepares its so chewy treats in small batches, with order slots for their âomakase boxesâ posted periodically.
Their current box features two classic, earthy Japanese flavors: a matcha mochi milk bun and a black sesame mochi milk bun, both of which have lots of chewy topping for that all-important ‘gram’ mochi pull.
Muffin Tiky Mochi
This Muslim-owned home bakery – which offers a range of gluten-free mochi desserts that are almost too pretty to eat – is ideal for those with dietary restrictions.
The muffins are made without dairy products, and although they are not Halal certified, their products do not contain pork or alcohol. The lineup changes monthly, with popular options including the Salted Caramel Mochi Cupcake and the Buttery Sesame Mochi Muffin.
You’ll find all kinds of mochi delicacies at Gaily Bakes: like blondies, lava brownies, and adorable bundlettes (Bundt cupcakes).
Flavors range from local to global, and include Kaya Coconut Mochi Brownie, Matcha Nutella Mochi Blondie, and the intriguing Smoked Salt Lemonade Mochi Bundtlette – which was inspired by the popular lemon candy Himalaya Salt. They also donate 10% of their profits to animal shelters.
The longtime bakery is known for its mochi croissants and cruffins. But rather than injecting sticky sticky rice dough into its creations, Brotherbird incorporates glutinous rice flour into its dough.
Their goodies therefore have a much softer consistency compared to other interpretations of classic French pastry. You can also grab moreish mochi donuts – which are served with a glorious swirl of soft serve – at their Bali Lane cafe.
32 Bali Lane, Singapore 189868.
114 Lavender Street, # 01-05, Singapore 338729.
Japanese bakery Gokoku
For simple, everyday breads to enjoy with your daily cup of tea, head to one of Japanese Bakery Gokoku’s outlets, conveniently located across Singapore.
While all of their offerings have a nice elastic texture, mochi fans should grab the Mochi Mochi Cranberry, Mochi Mochi Cheese, and Mochi Mochi Couverture Chocolate. The latter is a dark cocoa bun filled with many chocolate chips and orange peels.
Multiple locations, click here for the full list.
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This article first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.