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Mochi ice cream on LI: Where to try the Japanese dessert

The interior at Heike Sush in Plainview is

The interior at Heike Sush in Plainview is decorated simply. Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Mochi ice cream, a confection born in Japan, has become hugely popular here over the past decade. Part of its allure lies in the texture of its sticky rice exterior — which is smooth, plush and pleasantly spongy. Underneath, you'll find ice cream in flavors such as green tea, red bean and vanilla.

If you're a mochi fanatic, here are four Asian restaurants where you can get your fix.

SUSHI KO

This high-quality spot for sushi and Asian dishes offers mochi in two flavors, green tea and vanilla ($5 for two pieces).

2063 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-378-9888, sushikoli.com

HAZUKI JAPANESE FUSION

You'll find mochi in strawberry, vanilla and green tea at this hospitable little strip mall place, where sushi rules ($3.95 for 2 pieces).

207 Forest Ave., Glen Cove, 516-609-2828, hazukijapanese.com

AKEBONO FUSION SUSHI

At this friendly sushi restaurant in an oddly shaped freestanding house, the mochi may be ordered in green tea, red bean and vanilla flavors ($4 for 2 pieces).

252 Broadway, Greenlawn, 631-262-8800, akebonofusionsushi.com

HEIKE SUSHI

This Japanese restaurant in a Plainview strip mall, is an overall a smart choice for a sushi dinner. Better yet is the green tea mochi featuring ice cream enrobed in glutinous sticky rice. It's what you want after your chirashi or tempura — something simple, refreshing and just plain good.

1163 Old Country Rd., Plainview, 516-433-5333, heikesushi.com

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