118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
On my last Little Tokyo trip, I had to of course stop by Mikawaya. Last time my trip was pretty rushed. I was in and out, but I had a chance to sample quite a few of the ice cream mochi flavors. You can read about my trip here.
After visiting Mochilato in Irvine, which is Mikawaya's sister location, I found that Mochilato seems to carry more ice cream mochi flavors and I like how the mochi skin is still chewy.
This time I decided to focus on the fresh mochi offerings.After much contemplating, I chose these ones:
This one wasn't really a mochi, but I loved how cute it was:
The purple one as taro flavored. Even though I love taro flavored things, I'm not crazy about taro flavored mochi. Not quite sure why. I guess I like the traditional flavors best.
I liked the presentation of this one and how it was wrapped in a leaf:
My favorite is still the pink flower, with white bean filling, "pink gyuhi"
Mochilato has a selection of these mochi as well, but for some reason they wrap them really tightly in plastic wrap, so the mochi lose their shape.
While I was deciding on mochi, Boyfriend took some pictures of the ice cream and ice cream mochi. I didn't realize all the different ice cream flavors this location has. Next time, I want to get some ice cream.
There's quite a few locations of Mikawaya, but I usually go to the one in Japanese Village since there are so many other things around there that I'm visiting. I recently also found that the Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa sells the Mikawaya mochi. Writing this post has me craving these mochi again. Must make another trip to Little Tokyo!