Top 3 Traditional Japanese Desserts You Should Try Making

by Japan Yay! Staff on Sep 01 2016 |

Japan is known for its healthy nutritional habits; however, that doesn't mean desserts and sweets are excluded from the traditional Japanese diet. The recipes for Japan's celebrated cuisine leans towards a less-sweet taste than most American palettes are accustomed. Fans of Japanese culture devour these traditional Japanese desserts with the same fervor  as binge watching an anime series. Check out these recommended desserts that capture the best of traditional Japanese sweets.


As an ingredient in many Japanese desserts and on its own, mochi is one of the culture's most traditional and popular sweets. With over a dozen types of mochi, there is a recipe to satisfy almost any sweet tooth. This basic recipe is delicious on its own (or as a topping for ice creams!) 


Sweet and chewy, Japanese dango is a frequently features on many dessert menus. The basic recipe is easily adapted to many occasions. Spear a few on a stick and toast them like marshmallows or serve with a sticky sauce made of sugar, sauce and soy sauce (that's the secret ingredient!) Watch the dango tutorial below for quick lesson before your next anime binge!


Keep these four ingredients on hand and you can make a quick, yet elegant, Japanese dessert any time. You'll need red bean paste, agar powder, sugar and water. Check out the recipe and enjoy your dessert!