Mochi

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Mochi is a Japanese Food. For the pre-Columbian Peruvian culture, see Moche; for the drink, see mocha.
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Pounding mochi in an usu
Making mochi with a modern electronic machine
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Making mochi with a modern electronic machine

Mochi (餅) is a food prepared from rice and used as an ingredient in several Japanese recipes.

How mochi is cooked:

  1. Prepare steamed sticky rice;
  2. Either pound it in a traditional usu mortar or process it with a modern electric machine; and
  3. Form it into various shapes (usually a sphere or cube).

While eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and commonly sold and eaten at that time. Mochi is very sticky; every year after the new year, it is reported in the media how many people die from choking on it.

Popular dishes with mochi

  • Zoni, a soup containing rice cakes. Zoni is also eaten on New Year's Day. In addition to mochi, zoni contains vegetables like honeywort, carrot, and red and white colored boiled kamaboko.
  • Yakimochi, a grilled rice cake. After the rice cake is grilled, put soy sauce and wrap a toasted laver (nori) around the cake.
  • Shiruko, a sweet azuki bean soup with pieces of rice cake. In winter, Japanese people often eat it to warm themselves.
  • Daifuku, a soft rice cake stuffed with sweet filling, for example an - a sweetened bean jam.
  • Mochi ice cream, small balls of ice cream wrapped inside a mochi covering. This is very popular in California.

Other Facts

  • In Japanese folk tradition, rabbits living on the Moon produce mochi in the traditional method with (rabbit-sized) mallets and mortars, although the method they use to export it to Earth remains a mystery.
  • Mochi is also the name of a monster type and character in the game and TV series Monster Rancher. It is so named for its physical resemblance to a type of mochi pastry.

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