How would you like a dessert that disappears if you don’t eat it within 30 minutes, and looks like a giant drop of water? Then you might be craving water cake, a transparent piece of Japanese rice cake commonly known as Mizu Shingen Mochi.
Currently shingen mochi is made and sold in two Kinseiken shops in Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. Much like New Yorkers who line up for cronuts, the wait to get your hands on one of these water cakes can be up to an hour.
The cake is clear and jelly-like, and served with a sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soybean flour that is often served with other types of mochi. Is it worth it? Well, if you like eating future food it is. Therefore yes, it’s worth it.
If you don’t want to travel to Japan, drive two hours, climb a mountain and wait in line for an hour, then just make it yourself at home by following this simple video with random measurements and very little direction. As the very futuristic Marty McFly would say, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”