What’s up, Nomsters! We felt so out of sorts while restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and other food spots were mostly closed down, but now that they’re all finding innovative ways to open up and even provide outdoor seating so people can dine in, we’re getting really excited again!
In San Francisco, one of the locations that did an awesome job in this respect is Japantown. Unfortunately, the Japantown Center is still unable to open, but on the weekends they fill the large outdoor area between the two mall entrances and next to the peace pagoda with tables to create an outdoor seating area. Some of the restaurants then put up booths where you can order food and they send it to the kitchen to prepare and you pick it up at one of the mall doors when it’s ready.
If you couldn’t already tell from the photos, we’re super excited that Mochill is open in Japantown with their delicious mochi donuts!
If you’ve never had one, you’re seriously missing out! Mochi is Japanese rice that’s pounded into a paste that’s chewy and oh my gosh it’s so good. It’s often eaten straight up with a soy sauce/sugar mixture, but you can also get mochi ice cream where the mochi is formed into an outer casing that holds a bite sized amount of ice cream, and also sometimes it’s filled with sweet azuki beans.
Mochi donuts are basically traditional donuts mixed with mochi, which gives it a more chewy texture. The donuts at Mochill are the perfect balance of dough and mochi, and they have some unique Asian-inspired flavors that are absolutely heavenly.
We tried several of their flavors including dark chocolate, matcha, cinnamon sugar, kinako, black sesame, and mango. All of them were honestly good, but our top picks were the mango, cinnamon sugar, and black sesame. A lot of the flavors are pretty subtle, which is common in Japanese cuisine, but the mango mochi donut had the most flavor by far. it was sweet and tart in all the best ways.
Definitely give them a try if you’re in the area! They’re perfect for a socially distanced picnic or to simply bring home and stash on the counter so you can grab one as you’re walking by… every time you walk by. Till next time, Nomsters!
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