Japanese Confectionery – Yatsuhashi

by Mako


Yatsuhashi is a traditional Japanese confectionery made of Japanese glutinous rice flour, sugar, and cinnamon and folded into a triangle shape with sweet fillings. It is an extremely popular souvenir among tourists and local Japanese and is famous for being a regional product of Kyoto.


Group A

  • Shiratamako
    (Japanese white rice glutinous flour) 100g
  • Sugar                                                 50g
  • Water                                                 70cc


Group B

  • Katakuri-ko (PotatoStarch)                As needed *less the cinnamon powder
  • Cinnamon powder                             As needed


Koshi-An (Sweet bean paste)                  85~100g or as needed



  1. Put Shiratamako, Sugar, and water from Group A together in the bowl and mix well. *Please use a heat-resistant bowl.
  2. Cover with cling wrap and warm it up in the microwave at 500W for 2 min.
  3. Take it out and mix well again. (It’s very hot at this stage so please be careful not to burn yourself). Cover with the plastic wrap again and put it back in the microwave for 1 more min.
  4. Sprinkle some Potato Starch and cinnamon powder from Group B on your workbench, take out the mochi carefully, and put it on the powder.
  5. Use the rolling pin, stretch the mochi into a square(about 16×16cm). Sprinkle more potato starch or cinnamon powder occasionally if it gets too sticky.
  6. Cut the mochi into four equal size squares.
  7. Get rid of the extra Cinnamon powder on the mochi.
  8. Place the Koshi-An(Sweet bean paste) on it and wrap it into a triangular shape.

★You can also enjoy it with some Kinako powder(roasted soybean flour) or Matcha powder.