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San Francisco: 7 Japanese Sweets We Love

Japanese desserts can be delicate and beautiful to look at, or gorge-worthy and fantastically elaborate. They offer a mix of traditional flavors and techniques with imported ones, leading to delicious hybrids that are some of the best treats in town. From mochi to mitarashi to delicate filled cakes, there are enough options to keep you on a sugar buzz for days. Here are 7 Japanese sweets we love in San Francisco—which are your favorites? More

Mochi + Waffle = The Moffle

"It may look just like a waffle, but one bite is enough to tell the difference. While the outside is toasted and crispy, the inside contains a thin layer of glutinous mochi." —The Japan Times At right, a moffle maker. Place in it a thick slice of mochi, the ultra-gummy pounded rice cake popular in Japan, close the lid, and voilà: a new type of treat. Word is that moffles are selling like gangbusters in Japan. And Sanyei, the company that makes the moffle-makers, is selling out of them. But you don't need a dedicated moffle-maker—bloggers in Japan are trading tips on making them in ordinary waffle-makers. And how do you adorn it? It is also possible to make moffle... More

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