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May 25, 2009 09:29 PM

msp - mochi ice cream

i'm looking for mochi ice cream like bubbies, but i would prefer not to pay $70 just to try some. anyone know of a local (or at least mainland) vendor?


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  1. you may be able to find them in asian grocery stores.

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    1. re: Ummm

      I've definitely seen it around- in asian market at Midtown Global, and I think maybe at Trader Joe's on Excelsior. I'd phone around first. Good luck- I was surprised to see that mochi ice cream has no mochi in it- just shaped to look like pieces of mochi.

    2. I've seen mochi ice cream at United Noodles (Minneapolis) and Kim's in St. Paul.

      1. I've seen mochi ice cream at United Noodles, too - at least 3-5 different flavors are usually available.

        If you don't want to worry about possible freezer burn (probably more of an issue in winter than in summer), look for it at a Japanese restaurant.

        I think I've seen "mochi ice" on the menu at Midori's. Tanpopo's dessert menu lists mochi - not sure if it's frozen or not. (Both of these places have excellent food, by the by, so if you haven't been yet, you should go!)


        Tanpopo Noodle Shop
        308 Prince St, Saint Paul, MN 55101

        Midori's Floating World Cafe
        2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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        1. re: AnneInMpls

          Adding links for United Noodle and Kim's, too.

          United Noodles Asian Supermarket
          2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          Kim's Oriental Market
          689 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

          1. re: AnneInMpls

            Awesome! It looks like they have it. Crossing my fingers that freezer burn won't be an issue. Thx.

            1. re: rachel_reagan

              I dont know about Kim's but i am pretty sure that the TJ's brand is the private label of one of the brands i know ive seen at United Noodle. Im not a huge mochi fan, so ive never priced them at UN, but i know that TJ's sells them for about 60% of what i would expect to pay at a "regular" grocer who carries them, and they have always been fresh when i've gotten them.

          2. re: AnneInMpls

            I second the recommendation for Midori's. I think I saw it on the menu too, but even if they don't, very inexpensive and delicious Japanese food. It's just about the only place I've found in MN with Okonomiyaki and their Princess Mononoke ice cream dessert is to die for.

          3. big bowl usually has a couple flavors of mochi. yum! haven't had them in awhile.

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            1. re: sarah.j.morrison

              I noticed mochi ice cream at one of the Japanese food vendors in the food court at MOA. Probably a marked up version of what you could get in one of the above asian groceries in mpls though.

            2. I would get the Mikawaya mochi ice cream that United Noodles carries. It's made in LA, and while it won't be as good as Bubbies (because frankly, Bubbies is the best), it's as close as you can get around here. I haven't had any problems with it being old, but I don't get it often. Anything imported from Japan at United Noodles has a good chance of being old/stale, unfortunately.

              I love mochi and never seem to leave United Noodle without a daifuku mochi to eat in the car.

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              1. re: Quince

                For the record, based on the packaging and previous eating experiences, i think it is highly likely that this Mikawaya brand is the same one that is sold under TJs house label at Trader Joes - if one is closer to you than united noodle.

                Sometimes im glad that they put just so little effort into redesigning the packaging.