On a recent Los Angeles trip, one of the highlights was a visit to Mochi Cream for their mochi donuts imported from Japan. I went to the Torrance location, but there is actually one in Costa Mesa. I only wish I knew that sooner, otherwise I would have tried this place out a long time ago. I can’t wait to go back for more.
Mochi Cream is located inside the Mitsuwa Japanese Market. It’s a little shop that sells various flavors of mochi cream (mochi stuffed with a cream filling) and mochido (donut shaped mochi). The donut ones are so cute!
There are currently seven flavors of mochido and more than two dozen flavors of mochi cream.
Pro tip: If you plan on trying all the flavors of mochido, get the box of six and then buy the 7th one separately. The box of six contains one of each flavor except the newest flavor (green tea), and includes a pretty pink box at no additional cost. But if you just buy them individually, they won’t give you a box without charging you extra. I’ll go into more of our experience with that later.
Here’s my box of still frozen donuts.
The donut shaped mochi are made of mochi, stuffed with cream in the middle and a sauce inside the cream, and then coated with chocolate. Since they are imported from Japan, they are kept frozen. If you are doing a road trip, make sure you bring a cooler.
Once the mochido are defrosted, they are super soft. I really enjoyed these and want to go back for more. And also learn how to make my own. Here is the raspberry custard:
I also couldn’t resist buying their mochi cream. They have so many unique flavors like sakura, darjeeling tea, black sesame, strawberry shortcake, blueberry yogurt and many many more. It was hard to choose just a few, but this is what I ended up with.
Here is the cross section of the new strawberry shortcake.
This is a cross section of the blueberry yogurt.
The price varies on the mochi cream depending on the filling. The ranged for about $1.90 – $2.10 per mochi. These were good, but I enjoyed the mochido more. I felt the regular mochi had too much cream and not enough mochi dough.
Onto our mochido box incident. The mochido are priced at $2.30 each. My friend went first. He bought one of each flavor and they handed it to him in bags. He asked for a box and was told that a box cost extra. He then pointed to the one on display, which has a box of 6 for a price of $13.80 including the box. The lady told him that the box set already includes the charge for the box…except if you do the math it’s the same price as buying 6 mochido. He tried to reason with her but she couldn’t understand. So then, it was my turn. I asked for a box set and also the green tea one. It ended up being the same price except I got a pink box and a pretty bag. So then, my friend asked to return his order and do the same as mine and he’d pay any difference. They let him but the three employees sat puzzled over the register when the price of the exchange kept ending up the same. It took quite a long time to finish the transaction and I’m still not sure they understood.
Even with the box incident, these were worth it, especially if you enjoy mochi. I can’t wait to make another trip.
21515 Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501