Welcome to another instalment of the Mochi Diaries, Chapter 6 Gomatamago ã”ã¾ãŸã¾ã”! While these guys really aren’t mochi but in fact intricately designed cakes, they are omiyage ãŠåœŸç”£ and so kawaii I couldn’t resist!!!
During my last top to æ±äº¬ I picked a box of Gomatamago ã”ã¾ãŸã¾ã” (Lit. Black Sesame Egg) cakes on my way home as the packaging intrigued me. Furthermore Gomatamago are a meibutsu åç‰© (specialty product) of the Tokyo region, so it’s not as if I would have the opportunity to purchase them again in the near future. As far as omiyage go, these are on the pricey side of things at 700å†† for a box containing 8 eggs. That said, they are each individually wrapped and sizeable.
The centre is a sweet paste consisting of kurogoma é»’èƒ¡éº» (black sesame seeds) and anko é¤¡å (red bean paste) which is supposed to constitute the ‘yolk’ of the egg â€“ perhaps they are meant to be piitan çš®è›‹ (Chinese century eggs) ( ^Ï‰^ ). This ‘yolk’ is then coated in a thin layer of kasutera ã‚«ã‚¹ãƒ†ãƒ© (castella cake), a type of Japanese cake whose origins lie in 16th century Nagasaki and trade with Portugal. It is immensely popular these days. Finally the tamago is coated in a thin layer of white-chocolate to form a delicious crispy ‘shell’.
All in all I was quite impressed by this tasty treat. I imagine they would go hand in hand with a cup of afternoon tea.
The centre retained a perfect level of moistness and was not overly sweet.
If youâ€™re ever in Tokyo give a box a try!