Japanese desserts typically have flavours like matcha, a Japanese green tea, and anko, sweet red bean paste, and they generally taste less sweet than North American or French desserts.
There are a lot of excellent spots in Toronto for different kinds of Japanese desserts. We have created this list of some of our favourites for you to try.
Fuwa fuwa means fluffy in Japanese and that is the best way to describe Japanese pancakes, also known as Japanese Soufflé Pancakes. Japanese pancakes are much lighter than their North American counterparts because the batter is made with a significant amount of whipped egg whites folded in. Due to the addition of egg whites, Japanese pancakes are higher when they are cooked and if you shake the plate, they will give a gentle wobble. Fuwa Fuwa is an excellent place to sample Japanese pancakes either as a dessert, brunch, or even dinner, since they are usually open until at least 9pm on every day of the week.
Sukoi is known for their taiyaki which actually means “baked sea bream” but their desserts are fished shaped rather than fish filled. Fish shaped waffle cones are made on sight and they are spread with a filling of choice before it is filled with soft serve ice cream and sprinkled with a topping. Ice cream flavours change every so often but it is always one or the other, or both swirled together. Currently, their seasonal flavour is salted caramel and pumpkin spice. Fish shaped croissants that are stuffed with custard or red bean are another fun dessert that can be found at Sukoi Desserts.
Little Pebbles is a Japanese cafe serving up drinks with Japanese flavours like black sesame or kinako, roasted soybean powder, alongside your usual suspects of americanos and cappucinos. Aside from their drinks Little Pebbles also makes a lot of beautiful small cakes, cookies and tiramisus, all in unique flavours. Daifuku, traditional Japanese sweet meaning “great luck” in Japanese can be found here as well. Daifuku are a type of filled mochi, which are small, round, soft and chewy sweets made with a glutinous rice flour. The most typical filling is red bean paste and the ones are Little Pebbles also have the additional of fresh fruit like strawberry or mango.
As the name suggests, Millie Creperie is all about Japanese style crepes and their name is a play on the french dessert mille crêpe, which means a thousand crepes but refers to a cake made entirely of layers of crepes. Millie Crepe makes their cake with twenty layers of crepes, and pastry cream in different flavours are spread between each layer. Mille crepes in tea flavours like matcha or Earl Grey are popular choices. The also serve Japanese ice cream crepes where the crepes are spread with some tasty fillings, rolled up like a cone and filled with their house made gelato.
Sukoshi Mart is a little shop that is based after the model of Japanese convenience stores, which have a little bit of everything but also a great selection of Japanese ready to eat foods. Sukoshi Mart makes a different type of mochi called warabi mochi. Instead of glutinous rice flour, Warabi Mochi is made with braken starch which is derived from the braken fern. The braken starch gives the warabi mochi a more jelly-like consistency and it is translucent in appearance. Warabi Mochi is cut