Japan has inspired a new dessert craze, and the only place you’ll find it in Australia is a dumpling restaurant in South Brisbane.
The raindrop cake — which actually looks more like a breast implant than a raindrop or a cake, but that’s neither here nor there — is inspired by traditional Mizu Shingen Mochi from Japan, as well as the raindrops in the animated film A Bug’s Life.
Created by New York chef Darren Wong, it’s made of water and a vegan gelatine. The cake itself has zero calories, but Wong adds sugar syrup and soy flour for texture and sweetness. They’re every bit as delicate as they look, and have to be eaten quickly before they melt and disappear, kind of like a Snapchat message.
Wong’s raindrop cake recently debuted at New York food market Smorgasburg, where it was Instagrammed roughly a zillion times, quickly becoming the talk of the foodie community.
Similar desserts with different toppings, all inspired by Mizu Shingen Mochi, have been popping up all over the web since Wong’s went viral, but you haven’t been able to get them in Australia — until now.
Harajuku Gyoza has created a raindrop cake served with kinako and sesame powder and kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup). They also do an alternate, strawberry-flavoured version with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries inside the raindrop, served with condensed milk, kinako and crushed peanuts.
They say it’s “like eating the tears of Fuji”, and it’s only available from the chain’s South Bank restaurant.
“We only debuted them yesterday, so it’s the first 24 hours, and people are already excited to order them,” Harajuku Gyoza general manager Andrew Jeffries told SBS Food.
“A lot of people are starting to see the raindrop cakes on social media from overseas. I don’t think anyone else in Australia is doing it, so instantly people knew what they were looking forward to.
“The recipe was a lot of trial and error as well, and we’re experimenting with some different flavour options, and we’re doing one now with strawberries and condensed milk and peanuts… there’s a lot we can do with them.”
Harajuku Gyoza is the first Aussie restaurant on the raindrop cake bandwagon, but if it’s anything like, say, cronuts, they’ll soon be popping up everywhere. If you want to be one of the first to have them, you’ll have to get into their South Bank location (184 Grey St, South Brisbane) soon.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could just make your own:
Are you keen to try a raindrop cake, or is it a little too out there for you? Let us know in the comments below!
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