What Is Mochi?

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Mochi is one of my favourite things to eat. There are endless ways to prepare and flavour mochi - only limited by your imagination (and stomach). 

When heated, mochi melts and becomes like that of a thick piece of mozzarella cheese, in a way. Basically, it tastes like what it is made from, rice. Flavourings are often added, although it is fine to eat plain - especially if it is made from unpolished-rice (brown) which I find to be more flavourful than (white) polished rice.

Most companies, make mochi with polished-rice (white rice) in Japan. I just end-up using lots of sauce to compensate for the bland flavour. None-the-less, I eat what I can get and usually what I get is the now typical polished-rice mochi. 

In places like Canada and the U.S.A. locally made mochi is seen more as a "health" food. Thus, it is mostly found in health-food stores made with organic whole-rice-grain, but it is (in the polished non-organic variety) also in many Japanese and Asian markets. 

 Traditionally, mochi is made by steaming sticky rice (A.K.A. sweet rice, glutenous rice, mochi rice, sushi rice) then pounding it into a dough. Next, the dough is made into balls and set to cool into a flattened-ball shape. Different individuals, regions, and countries follow this same basic recipe, but different shapes, colours, and flavours vary. It can be eaten immediately, or allowed to dry, or even frozen. Historically, it is said to have become popular, in its dried form, for its portability. 

*For more information about mochi see the "Mochi Facts" post below

*More information on polished verses unpolished rice, see this page: Polished Vs. Unpolished Rice.

*More information on the history of rice, see this page: The Cambridge World History of Food - Rice.

*More information on the history of food in Japan, see this page: The Cambridge World History of Food - Japan.


Image is in public domain
Woodblock print, Preparations for New Year's Day (Pounding Mochi)
Date: 1834/1867

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Scocasso! said...

Hi everyone! Thank you for taking the time to make a comment, otherwise I would not know you visited. I started this Mochi website on Geocities back around 1995 (there was nothing at on the net about mochi back then), but Geocities closed their free sites as of October 2009 and I decided to make all of my pages into separate blogs to allow for easier updating -- and hey, it looks almost the same, but actually it's even better for the reader and the editing.

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