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Anmitsu (あんみつ) is a popular Japanese dessert consists of small cubes of agar-agar served with freshly cut fruits, anko (sweet red bean paste), and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup). Adding a scoop of ice cream, _mochi, _or dango are also very popular.



I added some matcha to make matcha agar-agar, but you can keep it plain if you wish since it is actually more traditional that way. I follow this recipe to make anko, but you can always buy from store for convenience. Kuromitsu or black sugar syrup can be rather tricky to get a hold of outside Japan, but in a pinch, this can be easily substituted by boiling together 200 gram brown sugar and 100 ml water into a honey/maple syrup consistency. For the fruit, I use fresh strawberries and fresh kiwis, you can use any of your favorite fruit. Other popular fruit include mikan (tangerine), pineapple, berries, peaches, and cherries.






Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • Matcha agar-agar
  • 1/2 tablespoon matcha
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 4 gram agar-agar/kanten powder
  • 500 ml (2 cups) water
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • Other ingredients
  • 4 scoop vanilla ice cream (skip for vegan, or use vegan friendly ice cream)
  • 4 tablespoon anko (Japanese sweet red bean paste)
  • slices of fresh fruit (e.g. strawberries, kiwis, mandarins, peaches)
  • kuromitsu (use substitute recipe below if needed)
  • Kuromitsu
  • 200 gram brown sugar
  • 100 ml water


  • Matcha agar-agar
    1. Dissolve matcha with hot water into a thick paste, set aside.
    2. In a sauce pot, whisk together agar-agar and 500 ml water. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat slightly and add sugar. Turn the heat off, then add matcha paste and whisk until well mixed.
    3. Pour into a 8" square baking dish. Chill in the fridge to set the agar-agar, about 30 minutes.
    4. Cut into small cubes (about 1/2" cubes).
  • Kuromitsu (if you cannot buy ready made kuromitsu)
    1. Boil together brown sugar and hot water.
    2. Reduce heat to a simmer and keep cooking until syrup thickens (like honey/maple syrup consistency).
    3. Turn the heat off, and store in glass jar.
  • Anmitsu
    1. Divide matcha agar-agar into 4 serving bowls.
    2. In each bowl, add 1 scoop ice cream, 1 tablespoon anko, and slices of fresh fruits.
    3. Serve with kuromitsu.

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