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Strawberry Mochi (Daifuku)

Strawberry mochi, also known as ichigo (strawberry) daifuku, is a delicious Japanese dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi. 

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.

Fresh fruit desserts are the perfect way to start spring. I love this recipe because it’s just so FRESH and JUICY. Truly. Mochi is amazing, but when you add a tangy, sweet, and juicy strawberry in the middle? Perfection.

So I’m calling it strawberry mochi here, because if I called it strawberry daifuku, people may not know what it is. Daifuku is mochi filled with red bean paste. So, daifuku is more specific than mochi. This recipe could technically just be strawberry wrapped in mochi with no red bean paste, or maybe even pink “flavored” mochi. Nope, gotta have the layer of red bean in there.

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.

Don’t be intimidated, these actually have a very easy ingredients list, and come together fairly quickly. Many recipes call for “shiratama-ko”, which I cannot always find at my local (non-Japanese) Asian store. I decided to make these with regular mochiko, which you can find at basically any Asian market or online, and they turned out amazing! I buy the white box with the blue star on the front. You’ll see it.

You’ll definitely impress and delight your friends with this fun mochi or any of my other mochi recipes. Watch the tutorial below to see how easy it is!

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.

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