The raindrop cake originated in Japan and is amongst the many culinary wonders they have given us. From green-tea-flavoured Kit Kats to now a vegan-calorie dessert called the “Raindrop Cake” also known as Mizu Shingen Mochi. It is typically presented on a wooden board with a molasses based syrup – kuromitsu and a roasted soybean flour for additional flavouring (kinako). This cooling treat that dissolves in your mouth as you eat it, can be used as a palate cleanser after a spicy bowl of ramen. It can even be considered summer’s alternative to ice-cream.
It’s made from mineral water and agar agar, which is a vegan alternative to gelatin since most gelatin contain animal products for binding properties. Upon heating, the mixture is poured into molds that are dome shaped resembling a raindrop. It is refrigerated and flavoured by the molasses and soybean flour.
Well what the heck does it taste like? Simply put, water – sweet water. Some people compare the consistency to jello, hence they call it “water-flavoured jello”. The jiggly dessert’s unique appearance, texture and sensation is relished in your mouth before it transforms into a crisp cool drink of water. It’s like literally eating a raindrop. Another thing is, if you don’t eat it within thirty (30) minutes, it disappears into a puddle of sweet water. The raindrop cake is also said to be very detoxifying and filled with antioxidants – I mean, it is water after all. Though compared to breast implants and jellyfish, this cronut status dessert is still all the buzz.
There are many other ways to enjoy sweet flavoured water. Try these fruit infused waters that are not only refreshing, but also detoxifying:
● Skinny Lavender Lemonade- On a hot summer’s day, instead of indulging in an overly sweet glass of lemonade, infuse your water with lavender leaves/ flower and a few slices of lemon. The lavender adds a unique sweet twist that tastes as good as it looks. You can sweeten with organic sweeteners such as agave nectar or honey.
● Strawberry Mint – Mint’s detoxifying and cleansing properties have a chance to shine in this mix. Try this on the table at your next party and your guests will be in awe. It’s also recommended to tear the mint leaves before adding them to release their flavours.
● Watermelon Basil – This duo can informally be called the stars of summer. They can be paired with salads and now, your water. Add a few watermelon wedges and fresh basil leaves to your glass and give it a little muddle to release flavour.
● Blueberry Orange – Not only is this combo visually appealing with the bright orange against the deep almost navy blue blueberries, it is also winning in terms of flavour and immune boosting properties.
● Mojit water- Now this isn’t your $5 dollar mojito fridays drink, this is minus the tequila and sugar overload. Sticking to the ingredients -mint and lime- and plenty of them, this light, tart and still refreshing drink won’t leave you with a hangover the next day.
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Agar powder 1/4 tsp
Water 2 cup
1. ADD water to a small saucepan
2. ADD agar agar and stir to combine
3. BRING the water to a boil, stirring occasionally
4. STIR in sugar
5. SIMMER for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
6. POUR 1/2 cup of the mixture into the bottom half of a sphere mold
7. ADD fruit to decorate
8. CHILL for two hours