RECIPE: Sanshoku Mochi (Three-Colour Rice Cakes)



Sanshoku (meaning three colours) is a common theme in Japanese cuisine where three different flavours are served together to complement the great colours. These delicious mochi are a great snack to enjoy for the New Year celebration, but can also be enjoyed all year round.


• 1 Pack of Mochi Rice Cakes
• 1 Can of Yude Azuki (sweetened red beans)
• 1 Pack of Kinako Soy Bean Flour
• 1 Pack of Nori Seaweed
• 1 Bottle of Soy Sauce
• 1 Pack of Granulated Sugar


1. Prepare 6 mochi pieces by heating the mochi on a griddle or non-stick pan over a low flame without oil for a few minutes on both sides, until the outside turns crunchy and the inside soft.

2.  Mix 3 tablespoons of kinako with 3 tablespoons of sugar and sprinkle on to 2 of the grilled mochi.

3. Open the azuki and place a tablespoon of the azuki sweet beans on 2 different grilled mochi pieces.

4. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of hot water and then add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Dip the final 2 mochi pieces into this sauce and make sure that it is fully covered. Finally wrap the mochi in a small piece of nori seaweed and serve!

recipe & photo by Kim Yukawa. Kim is a food stylist and photographer. With the minimum of fuss, bringing you the food that is pleasing to your eyes as well as taste buds.