What does a mochi donut taste like? Culy tasted the trendy snacks from Nobu in Amsterdam

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At Culy we prefer to taste new things every day. It therefore regularly happens that we search Instagram until late into the night for new hotspots, the latest food trends or exciting snacks. In the latter category, our eyes kept on falling on Nobu’s mochi donuts. The urge was therefore great to subject those creations to a taste test.

No sooner said than done.

Asian influences are everywhere

But first: Asian cuisine is hot in the Netherlands! That has been the case for some time, of course, but lately we have been seeing a lot of culinary influences from the continent. The undeniable popularity of Korean cuisine, the bubble tea trend that seems to be making its comeback, miso as an ingredient in sweets… Not to mention the snacks department, where Asian twists are clearly not shunned either.

For example, we recently wrote about the Oishii Buns in Amsterdam: ufo-shaped filled sandwiches, based on Korean street food. And do you remember that Rib Eye Bulgogi sandwich ? The filling of Korean marinated beef drove people in droves to the shop in the Nine Streets.

The mochi donuts from Nobu – the first mochi donut shop in Amsterdam – are another addition to this list. In other words: exactly the type of snack that Culy wants to test.

Mochi donuts at Nobu

Mochi donuts from Nobu

Chances are you’ve seen the mochi donuts before. The team behind Nobu has already sold them at various pop-up locations, which have recently made way for permanent premises in Herenstraat.

They will soon be selling sandwiches (with oyster mushroom, Japanese beef or egg kimchi), although the showpieces of the shop remain mainly the donuts. Typical for this is how the method of preparation of mochi, those Japanese rice cakes, is unleashed on the classic donut recipe. And that produces a very interesting texture, as we discover during our visit.

Mochi donuts at Nobu

The test on the sum

Where a regular donut can be fluffy and – at worst – a little soggy, mochi donuts are compact and firm. Fortunately, the texture doesn’t get too sticky either; many people lose out on that with regular mochi. By the way, unlike the regular ones, the donuts here are a kind of string of bite-sized balls. And that’s practical when eating it.

We therefore find the structure a direct hit in any case, the taste is mainly dependent on topping. In addition to the classic, you can choose from speculoos, pistachio, ube (purple sweet potato), black sesame and matcha.

We test the last four and add a black sesame iced latte. That turns out to be a good addition, because although the drink is subtly sugared, the mochi donuts themselves tend to be a bit (too) sweet in our opinion.

Mochi donuts at Nobu

Nice flavors And that is also our only complaint, because with the rest of the flavors Nobu does not disappoint. Grassy, ​​slightly bitter matcha; sweetness in the pistachio; earthy flavors with the black sesame… We like it.

And with that, we recommend everyone to try the mochi donuts once. Especially lovers of sweet, yes, but otherwise you can still opt for a savory sandwich. And you are in any case completely up to date with what is going on in the food world. Thank us later!


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