Japanese ice cream now in Davao City

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012


A SWEET delicacy famous in many Asian countries has arrived in Davao City with a more improved taste to fit the palate of the Filipinos.

It's mochi! A sweet, round-shaped ice cream coated with sticky rice, which comes with 16 delectable flavors from which the customers can choose.

Nowie Potenciano, owner of Mochiko, is the one who introduced mochis in the Philippines and now in Davao with his first branch in SM City Davao.

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This traditional dessert is said to have originated in Japan as a traditional dessert which is usually served on the table in every occasion. The round-shaped ice cream is also famous in Shanghai, Singapore, and Bangkok.

Potenciano said what set mochis apart from other commercial ice cream is no less than its taste since they only use the premium fresh milk, infused with different flavors for the delight of their customers.

Mochis are seemed to be blast frozen, which have the texture resembling like that of a rock. In fact, they are almost unbreakable right after taking them out of the ice cream display cabinet.

However, anyone can conveniently take mochis home, given the longer time they take before melting.

The sticky rice coating, this time, doesn't only help add to the tastiness of mochis but also helps in keeping the ice cream frozen.

"We develop the products entirely by ourselves," Potenciano said, adding they brought some changes to the flavors to become more fitting to the taste in which the Filipinos are used to.

In Davao, Mochiko brought in Durian-flavored mochis, aside from their ever-famous Cookie Dough and Oreo and Milk as best sellers.

"We added real cookies and other natural flavors to mochis," he said.

Potenciano added they continue to play with the flavors in an effort to offer their customers with new to their palate.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 05, 2012.

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