RAIN...DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT? THE RAINDROP CAKE DEBUTS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK!
Here is Kevin waiting in line for the Raindrop Cake! The line got loooong as the day went on! We went when the event started so the line took only about 10 minutes or less!
Raindrop Cake is being sold for $8! Because of the way they made the sign with the cake in the photo, it kind of looked like a stylized way of writing $80... haha
They premade about 600 raindrop cakes for the event! So only the lucky 600 people were able to get it!
Don't cha think the raindrop cakes look like boob fillings...?!
The Raindrop Cake is served with what tasted like injeolmi (I'm sorry I don't know the English for this!) powder which is like a dried bean powder?? And brown sugar syrup!
SO WHAT IS THE RAINDROP CAKE?
Okay, once I saw this advertised to debut at the Brooklyn Smorgasburg event I knew I had to try it! It is Mizu Shingen Mochi! Okay... so not exactly. The exact Shingen Mochi is from Japan. This Raindrop Cake is inspired by the Mizu Shingen Mochi and is almost the same, but of course it's the creator, Darren Wong's take on it. It is served with a bean powder (??) and brown sugar syrup!
WE FELT LIKE GIANT ANTS
You know how when it rains and in that Pixar movie A BUGS LIFE, all the close-ups on the rain droplets showering on the ants looked pretty cool? And bubbly and big? Well, Kevin and I kind of felt like ants poking at a raindrop. Except, when we poked it, it didn't actually break into water. It just kind of cracked a bit and moved like jelly.
IT LITERALLY TASTES LIKE WATER. JUST WATER.
Alright, so this jelly-like thing that looks exactly like a clear and clean raindrop that's probably from the purest clouds eva... tastes exactly like water. I wasn't sure what to expect but I honestly thought it would have flavor. But, it tasted like very pure water. According to the shop, it's made from spring water. So basically the only flavors you'd taste are the sugar and powder. The entire thing overall tasted sweet. I actually really love the powder (It's commonly used on Korean shaved snow desserts and Japanese mochi!) and loved pairing it with the brown sugar. The raindrop cake was just kind of there as a filler since it didn't taste like anything at all.
AS CLOSE AS I CAN GET TO THE MIZU SHINGEN MOCHI FROM JAPAN
I always wanted to try the Mizu Shingen Mochi from Japan. I studied abroad there but didn't really know where to get it. I'm glad I was able to try the Raindrop Cake while I was coincidentally in New York for a spontaneous vacation during the same weekend that it debuted at the Brooklyn Smorgasburg in Williamsburg! What a trip! Now that I could say I've tried this kind of dessert and can cross it off my bucketlist. I honestly wouldn't get it again because it's more of just a "novelty" dessert. Something I would try just because it's cool or interesting and to say that I did. Why? Well, it's cool and insta-worthy but it doesn't taste like much. I'd rather get actual mochi or shaved snow with the same toppings and it'd have more flavor and more satisfying! But, if you ever get the chance, I recommend it just because.
WHERE TO GET IT.
If you're in the area, it's being sold at the Smorgasburg event every weekend (a pretty cool foodie market) in Brooklyn, New York.
Official Website for the event is here:
You can also try it in Japan.
But, if you're also in Korea, they sell it at the Myeongdeong Street Food Market (starts at 2pm everyday) for about $5!
Here is the official website for Raindrop Cake!