Day 20 ‘Get Your Jelly On’: Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse

Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse with pocky chocolate sticks

Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse with pocky chocolate sticks

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Chopinand and I love Japanese food and if we’re after a light meal on the weekend, we often take the nippon express!

However, no matter how much Chopinand loves Japanese food, he can’t be persuaded to eat dessert. The only thing he would taste is green tea ice cream as it’s quite light and not too challenging sweet. So I decided to trick him into taking a spoonful of this green tea mousse cake by adding a kick of wasabi at the end.

Day 20: Dessert – Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse

Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse with pocky chocolate sticks

Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse with pocky chocolate sticks

This green tea and wasabi cake completes our three course Japanese menu, using the Royal Selangor jelly mould and is an expected end to the meal.

The wasabi kick adds a surprise twist to the mild creamy green tea dessert and makes it a talking point at any dinner party.

This dessert is easy to make as it uses store bought sponge or madeira cake. Green tea powder is a really versatile ingredient and can be bought easily from Japanese supermarkets. You can sprinkle a tablespoon into vanilla ice cream and voila, you have instant green tea ice cream. Add it to whipped cream and egg yolk and green tea mousse is made.

As I take another mouthful of this green tea and wasabi cake, I think fondly of my mum, who is both a Japanese devotee and an incurable dessert-holic!

Pocky chocolate sticks

Pocky chocolate sticks

In this recipe, we’ve used it both to flavour and garnish the cake. To add textural contrast, I’ve added pocky chocolate wafer sticks, one of my favourite childhood snacks.

I remember coming home from school and having these tasty treats in the afternoon while mum prepares dinner. She would give us a choice of chocolate and strawberry and I would always opt for the chocolate and share them with her as mum has a sweet tooth too!

2000 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon

2000 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon

Chopinand found a 2000 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillion in our wine cellar. This is one of Australia’s finest dessert wines and having aged in the bottle for over ten years, this sticky has turned into a golden dark brown.

It turns out to be a wonderful match with the dessert. The wine is smooth as silk as its intense flavours add a beautiful sweet complexity to the mousse.

Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse with pocky chocolate sticks

Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse with pocky chocolate sticks

So dear readers, what is your favourite Japanese dessert?

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13 Responses to Day 20 ‘Get Your Jelly On’: Japanese green tea and wasabi mousse

  1. Love your creation with wasabi. So pretty!

  2. Joanne says:

    Intriguing. I can’t even imagine the flavors but would love to taste.

  3. Looks fantastic! the addition of poky makes it even more awesome :)

  4. What a fabulous combination of flavours and I like the Pocky decoration too :)

  5. catty says:

    matcha and wasabi YUM what an awesome combo for a dessert! I’ve seen a few of these get your jelly on posts, they are all so inspiring! no more aeroplane jelly!!!

  6. Wasabi in green tea ice cream! How creative!!! But I’m the only Japanese you know who doesn’t like wasabi. ;-) Beautiful presentation and that’s my most favorite kind of all Pockies!!!

  7. Sissi says:

    Combining wasabi and green tea is an extraordinary idea. I love experimenting with green tea in desserts and think you have just given me an idea of a green tea mousse (although I think without cream). Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Whee, this is a pretty cool idea again! I’m astonished what green tea and wasabi can be used for!

  9. Nice! I love that Pocky too, yum yum.

  10. What a great idea adding the wasabi!! I am totally obsessed with Pocky lol. Always pick some up when we’re at the Asian grocer near us. SO addictive!

  11. Ann says:

    Incredible! To make a mousse….genius!

  12. heidi says:

    I would love to nibble on the ice cream and the pockies!
    Pockies never last long here, but I think the ice cream would be the first to go!
    As usual – you have amazed my senses!

  13. Sharn says:

    What a gorgeous green and the texture looks amazing. Love the sticks too!

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