Darker 100% bracken warabimochi (left) and lighter mixed warabimochi (right)
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsBracken starch, kinako

Warabimochi (, warabi-mochi) is a wagashi (Japanese confection) made from warabiko (bracken starch) and covered or dipped in kinako (sweet toasted soybean flour).[1][2][3] It differs from true mochi made from glutinous rice.[2] It is popular in the summertime, especially in the Kansai region and Okinawa, and often sold from trucks, similar to an ice cream truck in Western countries.[3]

Warabimochi was one of the favorite treats of Emperor Daigo.[3]

Today, warabimochi is frequently made with katakuriko (potato starch) instead of bracken starch due to cost and availability.[4][5] Kuromitsu syrup is sometimes poured on top before serving as an added sweetener.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Summer's Here, Time to Enjoy Warabi Mochi!". favy. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  2. ^ a b Chen, Namiko (October 12, 2016). "Warabi Mochi わらび餅". Just One Cookbook. Retrieved March 27, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Warabimochi | Traditional Dessert From Kansai Region | TasteAtlas". www.tasteatlas.com. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  4. ^ Yamashita, Masataka (2015). Wagashi: Little Bites of Japanese Delights. Singapore. p. 107. ISBN 978-981-4561-95-2. OCLC 903974479.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ Sago Palm: Multiple Contributions to Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods. Hiroshi Ehara, Yukio Toyoda, Dennis Victor Johnson. Singapore. 2018. p. 293. ISBN 978-981-10-5269-9. OCLC 1020285591.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Tomo (2018-05-14). "Warabi Mochi: Mochi-Like Traditional Japanese Bracken Cake". Recommendation of Unique Japanese Products and Culture. Retrieved 2021-02-20.