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Dessert for Japanese meal?

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multitask Mon 15-Apr-13 09:14:08

Each month we do a gourmet night (just a bit of a joke name, think Fawlty Towers gourment night lol) from around the world. This month is Japanese and I'm stuck for dessert as it doesn't seem to feature much in a Japanese cooking. What I wanted to know is if anyone eats in a true Japanese restaurant what is usually offered as a dessert choice?

I don't fancy making Mochi so any suggestions will be greatly received smile

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Apr-13 09:38:12

I am afraid that traditional Japanese desserts are not to my taste (and I used to live in Japan, and have a very sweet tooth, so believe me, I tried!) basically anything flavoured with green tea or red bean paste (anko) would be in the right ball park. Green tea ice cream would be quite easy to make. Or green tea creme brûlée? My favourite thing though is little pancakes (like scotch pancakes) sandwiched with custard. I think in Japan they're more if a snack than a pudding, but in yo sushi they serve them with berry compote and they're tasty like that.

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Apr-13 09:40:15

pancake recipe

TanteRose Mon 15-Apr-13 09:42:59

usually something very light, so yes, a season fruit sorbet, or macha (green tea) ice cream with a red adzuki bean topping

or a fruit or coffee jelly?

TanteRose Mon 15-Apr-13 09:43:59

coffee jelly

bigbadbarry Mon 15-Apr-13 09:46:06

green tea and white chocolate ice cream is delicious and what I usually serve. Proper Japanese desserts are a bit nasty. Though (we also lived there) you sometimes got a sort of creme caramel thing that was ok, or a tapioca/coconut milk thing that I adored but I think is strictly Thai.

TanteRose Mon 15-Apr-13 09:49:40

of course, if you are having a really formal "kaiseki" meal, with loads of courses, you have a sorbet-type thing part way through the meal, and then finish with a bowl of rice, miso soup and pickles grin

so you could try that!

NettoSuperstar Mon 15-Apr-13 09:53:03

No idea about desserts but what are you doing for the rest of your meal?
I love Japanese food and have cooked a bit myself.

multitask Mon 15-Apr-13 10:12:21

Thanks everyone, we have picked all our cuisines for the year and this one I wasn't really looking forward to as I know nothing about Japanese food and have never eaten in a Japanese restaurant! Don't ask me why we picked it. Menu is really simple as my lot would complain if it was too unusual. Starter Japanese rice balls (we don't like sushi so this is safer), Miso soup, main Salmon Teriyaki, Tofu Teriyake, vegetable tempura, seasame noodles and a light Japanese salad. Nothing planned yet for dessert and serving Sake with meal.

Only six of us eating but one vegan, one vegetarian, one granny (the hardest to please), a meat eater and two teenagers!! As I said nothing very adventurous grin Going to have a look at the ice cream and jelly smile

NettoSuperstar Mon 15-Apr-13 10:43:37

It sounds great.
I have this book which isn't too weirdy.
I think your teens would love this Tatsutage fried chicken or this Chicken katsu curry
And this Agedashi tofu is really good.

ZZZenagain Mon 15-Apr-13 10:45:36

my dd likes the mochi with red beans inside. I have never eaten them and am not sure ifthey are considered more of a sweet snack than a pudding to round off a meal. They are not difficult to make.

babySophieRose Mon 15-Apr-13 11:09:32

I think that some kind of fresh mango desert will be great. Something like this:

MasterOfTheYoniverse Mon 15-Apr-13 11:28:26

I'd stick to very good quality fruit + a scoop of sorbet to complement it.
Can you make sorbet?

MasterOfTheYoniverse Mon 15-Apr-13 11:29:27

Maybe a green tea panna cotta or creme brulee if you want something more substantial.
Remember not to make it too sweet.

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Apr-13 11:45:06

If you do go for fruit I would have melon. It is so expensive in Japan that it is considered an absolute treat and a gift wrapped whole melon is considered a very generous gift... Because they cost £50 each!

multitask Mon 15-Apr-13 12:02:11

I stumbled across this blog earlier and loving the idea of Lychee & Coconut sorbet I can do sorbets great and they're usually vegan so that is one box ticked! Maybe melon to go with it. I usually do a couple of desserts (just to keep everyone happy) so will think of another one now!

multitask Mon 15-Apr-13 12:02:41

shock at £50 for a melon!!!

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Apr-13 12:14:44

I know! I told a Japanese friend once that my favourite foods were tangerines and melons. She was shock because tangerines are really cheap, so it probably sounded like "my favourite foods are caviar and baked beans"

MasterOfTheYoniverse Mon 15-Apr-13 12:21:33

Those musk mellon are just divine though.
They also have those amazing blush purple grapes that are plump like damsons and taste like A very delicate sauternes wine.
Glorious and very expensive.

bigbadbarry Mon 15-Apr-13 12:30:25

..and amazing tiny tight-packed grapes smile

MasterOfTheYoniverse Mon 15-Apr-13 12:35:13

And the mamatoro tomatoes, just peeled, thickly sliced and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Unreal

blueberryupsidedown Mon 15-Apr-13 12:38:15

I once had in a Japanese restaurant a very simple green tea jelly, served in a small espresso type cup. I asked and it was made with vegetarian jelly base with green tea, and had a small scoop of lemon sorbet on top. Lovely... and I think it'd be very easy to make.

mamij Mon 15-Apr-13 19:27:34

The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook does a really yummy green tea cupcake with green tea icing.

AnimatedDad Mon 15-Apr-13 22:40:47

I've got a sushi book that has suggestions for kids sushi (I just give mine ordinary sushi but still..). Some of the options include putting sweet stuff (sweets, fruit, etc ) on blocks of rice.

Probably not traditional,

multitask Tue 16-Apr-13 08:38:43

Thanks everyone for the great replies & I loved the stories of food in Japan. The menu is finalised I think, so I'm going to go with this

Yaki Onigiri
Miso Soup
Salmon or Tofu Teriyaki
Vegetable Tempura
Sweet Onion Takikomi Gohan
Seasame Noodles
Japanese Salad
Lychee & Coconut Sorbet
Wagashi (buying these)

It's probaly not a very traditional meal but to suit all tastes and to experience even a little of Japanese cuisine then this seems ok to me. Just a few odd ingredients to buy, I will try Sainsbury's on Thursday and if they don't have them I'll be at my Oriental supermarket on Monday. Thanks again, very much appreciated. smile smile smile

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