[Halal ingredients, Muslim-friendly] I love you so, Mochi!
Yes, we love wagashi so much (that we even took a class to make those beautiful confections)!
So we were pretty excited to try out the Daifuku Mochi (RM21 for three, RM42 for six) from Old Hand’s Cafe – a new Japanese cafe opened by Mr.and Mrs. Okamoto.
A type of wagashi often served with green tea, daifuku mochis are sweet-stick Japanese rice cakes made with glutinous rice, and often come with fillings.
Old Hand’s mochi is really a cut above the rest. Firstly, the couple uses Japan-imported shiratamako rice flour – yielding a skin that is sticky and soft but yet holds its form.
We also loved that the anko (sweetened adzuki bean paste) filling was done well and not overly grounded – giving it a nice bite and texture.
These were exquisitely made and are a treat for mochi lovers. As for us, we found the price to be a tad steep, though we understand it is probably due to the cost of the imported ingredients.
Note that these are made fresh every day by Mrs. Okamoto.
As such, they only take pre-orders at 9am daily with limited quantities (while waiting for the next batch of flour to arrive from Japan). They are often sold out within minutes! Check out their IG account here for more information.
We also enjoyed the Sausage Roll, Cinnamon Roll, and Sultana Raisin Almond Bun, which sold for a reasonable price of RM4.50 each. The buns were notably soft and fluffy – as Mr. Okamoto does not use any yeast, preservatives or bread softener.
We wanted to try their Taiyaki and An Pan (bun with adzuki bean paste) – but they were sold out for the day.
We had fun watching Mr Okamoto in action that day (he formerly served at The Japan Club KL).
Check out our Instagram post here for more pictures and videos.
Old Hands Cafe
Address: 1-13 Glomac Centro, Lorong Masjid 1, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 10am-5pm Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Phone: 011-5411 3398