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A raindrop cake has landed on Shaftesbury Avenue – but what even is this edible blob?

Kitty Drake

From bubble tea to bubblewrap, there’s nothing like a twisted Asian sweet treat to get Londoners in a queue. Well, as of May 15, ramen pop-up Yamagoya is blessing us with another globulous delight – the raindrop cake – and this one might be our favourite.

Inspired by the cult Japanese dish mizu shingen mochi (water cake), this little delight actually looks like a beautiful blob of water (or a boob implant, maybe?). Apparently it melts to liquid the second it touches your tongue, and actually tastes of, well, nothing – but when something looks this weird, who cares?

Already a thing in the US, Yamagoya is billing this as the capital’s first raindrop cake, but upmarket Japanese restaurant Sakagura has been serving raindrop cakes since they opened. A bit of controversy might just fuel all the excitement, though. We predict a food craze.

The Raindrop Cake is available at from May 15 at Yamagoya, 1st Floor, Shuang Shuang, 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LU.

In the mood for more Asian pud? Check out our review of Bubblewrap.

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