MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons

19.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.

Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.

Photo by Taeco @taecostagram

Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.

Photo by Sara @__sar310

But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.

Photo by Yuina @popochan726

You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.

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    DECOTTO GIFT Souvenir Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥400 Each

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    REFRESH MENU


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    The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.

     

    REGULAR MENU


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    Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a Gudetama parfait made with a yogurt mousse and topped with orange and peach jelly.

     

    Ingredients
    Yogurt Mousse Ingredients:
    100g sugar free yogurt
    50ml fresh cream
    20g sugar
    3g gelatin
    *With the gelatin, mix well with 1 tbsp water

     

    Mikan & Yellow Peach Jelly Ingredients:
    100ml mikan juice (or any orange juice)
    150g tinned peaches (with syrup)
    5g gelatin
    *With the gelatin, mix well with 1 tbsp water

     

    1


    ①Mix the sugar into the yogurt well. Add in 7/10 of the fresh cream and mix well again.

    ②Microwave the gelatin for 10-20 seconds at 500w. Add into the mixture from ① and mix well.

     

    2

    Once the mixture has set in about ⅓ of a glass, add sliced chocolate on the inside for the eyes and mouth. I cut mine into shape using a toothpick.


    Make sure the chocolate is properly fixed to the glass at this point.

     

    3


    Put your yellow peach and mikan orange into a blender (but not the gelatin part). The syrup of the peaches is already sweet so there’s no need to add sugar.

     

    ②Microwave the gelatin for 10-20 seconds at 500w. Add into the blended mixture and mix well.

     

    Pour on top of the mix inside the glass. If there are any peach pieces left, cut them up and use them as toppings.

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
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    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome

    06.May.2020 | FOOD

    Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.

     

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    1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee

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    How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230

     

    2nd Place: Candy Strawberries

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    3rd Place: Toast Arrangements

    Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

    4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
    5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
    6th Place: Cream Soda
    7th Place: Eggs Benedict
    8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
    9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
    10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream

     

    Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.

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    25.April.2020 | FOOD

    Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next batch of sweet treats will see Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori arrive at Lawson convenience stores in Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on April 28, 2020.

    Tabemas Rilakkuma 2020 Strawberry Rilakkuma/Strawberry Kiiroitori – ¥285 Each (Tax Included)

    The adorable confections feature Rilakkuma donning a sweet strawberry hat while Kiiroitori has gone the full fruity mile by dressing snug in a strawberry onesie. As you’d imagine, both of these sweet treats are strawberry flavoured.

    ‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.

     

    What better way to spend your time indoors right now than with a cute Rilakkuma or Kiiroitori sweet?

     

    © 2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • nana’s green tea Releases Luxurious Gyokuro Tea Drink and Parfait You Can Take Out

    20.April.2020 | FOOD

    Modern tea hosue nana’s green tea has 81 branches across Japan. Alongside café-style food, their specialty is traditional desserts and drinks made from traditional teas such as matcha and hojicha. They are now selling a new parfait and chilled drink made from fresh gyokuro green tea for a limited time.

     

    As the days grow gradually closer to summer, the menu blooms to life with the season’s fresh green colours. The desserts at nana’s green tea never fail to boast their own unique and unbeatable flavours. The new parfait and drink are made with a generous serving of  gyokuro, which is a fine and luxurious type of green tea recognised by its signature bright green appearance. The rich green tea is sourced from the long-established Kyoto tea-producer YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN.

     

    YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN: Kyoto’s Long-Established Uji Matcha Tea Producers

    YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN are the owners of a tea plantation in Kyoto’s renowned matcha region called Uji. With their passion for selling only the best flavour of tea above all else, they have contributed to the growth of Uji-grown tea since the end of the Edo period.

    Gyokuro tea is produced with the same careful attention and care as matcha but with a different procedure. nana’s green tea grind the leaves to a fine powder to fully extract its refined essence. From the flavour to the aroma, gyokuro tea provides a completely different experience to matcha. If you love Japanese tea, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore the wonderful flavours of Uji tea.

    Gyokuro Warabimochi Parfait

    Gyokuro jelly made from 100% gyokuro Uji tea and white bean paste dusted in gyokuro powder dress this parfait in rich flavours. The warabimochi is also dusted in gyokuro powder to balance its sweetness. The sweetness of the warabimochi and the gentle and refined flavour of gyokuro tea will spread through your mouth. Finally, the parfait is laced in black sugar syrup for a refined accent. 

     

    Gyokuro Jelly Frozen

    Gyokuro tea and milk are mixed together to create an aromatic and vivid drink mixture. Chunks of soft gyokuro jelly can be seen at the bottom of the drink. Suck them up through your straw for a refreshing and fun texture. As the process of roasting gyokuro leaves is very difficult, it is a flavour that can be difficult to come across. This is the perfect way to enjoy a refined flavour in a casual way.

     

    You can also order the parfait and drink to take out, making it the perfect luxurious treat to enjoy at home. If you love exploring tea, this is an unmissable opportunity.

  • Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    12.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at some cute, easy-to-make toast recipes that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making them yourself at home for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.

     

    1: Lemon Toast | @hinako_ko_

    Hinako Satou’s lemon toast recipe combines sweet sugar with sour lemon for an addictive flavour. The lemon-topped looks cute too♡

     

    Ingredients

    ・Toast・Sugar Margarine ・Powdered Sugar・Sliced Lemons

     

    Methods

    1: Layer the toast with the sugar margarine.

    2: Dust with the powdered sugar and then top with sliced lemons.

    3: Add another dusting of powdered sugar on top of the lemons to balance the flavours and enjoy!

     

    2: Strawberry Toast | @suumomolife

    Sumomolife’s strawberry toast uses a thick slice of bread which is topped with a dollop of cream and piled with sliced strawberries. Layer on the fresh cream while the chewy toast is still piping hot and indulge!

    Ingredients

    ・Toast・Fresh Cream・Brandy・Strawberries

     

    Method

    1: Cut a thick slice of bread and toast until the outside is nice and crispy and the bread has heated through. The trick is to make sure that the centre is still soft.

    2: Put the cream into a bowl or keep in the container and then set this aside in ice water to make smooth, velvety cream. The cream in the photo was set aside for 7 minutes.

    3: Add a small amount of brandy to the fresh cream to create a rich flavour.

    4: Top your hot toast with the cream and strawberries to finish.

     

    3: Banana Cream Cheese Toast | @yuuki.sweets_1

    Yuu’s home cafe toast is a mix of banana, cream cheese and walnuts. The banana is fried in coconut oil for added texture and taste.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Toast・Bananas・Coconut Oil・Walnuts・Cream Cheese・Maple Syrup

     

    Method

    1: Chop the banana into slices and lightly fry in coconut oil.

    2: Fry both sides of the bread in the frying pan at a heat that can char the surface.

    3: Lather the fried bread with cream cheese then top with the sliced bananas and walnuts. Finish with a drizzle of maple syrup.

     

    4: Kimcheese Toast | @kirara.629

    Kirara’s toast arrangement is kimcheeseーthat’s a combination of kimchi and cheese! The spiciness of the kimchi and the smoothness of the cheese is a match made in heaven.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Toast・Kimchi・Egg・Cheese (that you can melt)・Spring Onion・Mayonnaise

     

    Method

    1: Layer your toast with kimchi and spread mayonnaise around the edges.

    2: Add a fried egg on top.

    3: Top with melted cheese and spring onion and you’re done!

     

    5: Curry Toast | @oyatsu_mgmg48

    This curry toast is made using leftover curry from the day before. The flavours from yesterday are transformed by topping with egg and cheese. Add a touch of paprika to taste.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Toast・Curry・Paprika・Cheese (that you can melt)・Soft Boiled Egg・Parsley

     

    Method

    1: Add your toppings to the toast in this order: curry, paprika, and melted cheese.

    2: Dollop on your soft boiled egg.

    3: Garnish with parsley.

     

    6: Pizza Toast | @babamina47

    Turn your toast into a pizza with Unagi’s recipe. The fun aspect of this arrangement is you can add any toppings of your choice to make your own original filling and nutritious pizza toast.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Toast・Pizza Sauce・Sausage・Assorted Vegetables (Unagi used spring onion, bell pepper, and mini tomatoes)・Shimeji Mushroom・Black Olives・Cheese (that you can melt)・Dried Parsley・Black Pepper

     

    Method

    1: Lather your bread with pizza sauce, then arrange the sausage and vegetables. 

    2: Next, add the shimeji mushroom, black olives, and cheese. Toast.

    3: Finally, finish with a sprinkle of dried parsley and black pepper.

     

     

    Bring the cafe experience into your own home by making your own fun toast arrangements.

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