I'm a huge fan of Jian Dui (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin_deui // http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/sesame-balls-jian-dui/) and of red or black bean paste. That's why i actually still have "comment on Maria's Japanese Style Brown Sugar Mochi" on my ToDo-List. Although with this post i'll probably mark this point as "done" now i have to admit, i still would love to try those brown sugar mochis. Especially because i never had the chance to try mochis up until now.First while watching the video review i instantly thought of the sesame balls (Jian Dui) since the texture of the "bun" never looked like rice... but after getting a close up of the fotos the texture seemed to look way more like semolina than the dough you make for sesame balls.But i probably won't care cause it has A LOT of the amazing red bean paste in it which, i think, the Jian Dui sometimes have not enough of it in them. xDSince i only had "sesame balls" (Jian Dui) yet, is it possible you can tell me if and how those are different from the Mochis and this somehow semolina texture looking "pastry"?Thanks in advance and of course for another great video review! I definitely need to visit an asia market here in the near future ^^
I think the biggest difference between these and the sesame version would the flavoring itself. The steamed bun outside is soft and chewy, similar to other steamed pastries, but the flavoring of the dough is really subtle and meant to evoke sakura blossoms.I haven't had a sesame bun in ages (it's on my foodie to-do list next time I go to the market.) So once I refresh my taste buds I'll give you a more solid comparison of the two, but as far as I can the the textures and overall concept are the same.
Thanks for the reply Maria! :)Sounds like i would like these sakura "buns" but would miss something. ^^btw we have to get back to this topic when you were able to eat sesame buns again and maybe when you had the chance to try out the frozen taro buns the anonymous writer under me is suggesting :)I'mreall curious about this, especially 'cause i just kinda binge eat a whole lot of the sesame balls with honey on wednesday xD
In the dinner buns aisle of the H-Mart they sell frozen Taro Buns in a packaging similar to that; but it's not mochi, it's bread on the outside. They are really really really good!!! You should definitely try them out and review them! Everyone in my family loves them!
Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely add that to me foodie to-do list! (The Asian markets have so many hidden treasures!)