TRADITIONAL JAPANESE RECIPE: Mochi is a Type of Rice Cake that is made from pounded rice. It is very glutinous and sticky when cooked.
Mochi itself doesn’t have very much flavor, besically it tastes of sweet rice, even though it contains no sugar. It is often eaten during the new year holidays as people get lots of Mochi for the dish Ozoni. However, Ozoni is not the only way to eat Mochi, and actually, you could eat in any way and anytime through out the year if you wish.
If you are lucky to have a Mochi machine, you can eat soft and warm Mochi right out of the machine. But for the rest of us, we may need to buy it at markets, and that kind needs to be cooked to be edible. It is usually rectanglar or round shaped hard dried Mochi and sold in a bag in dry food aisle, not in the refrigerated section. You can grill the hard Mochi on a wire mesh or in the toaster oven, or boil in hot water ( although this option is not really tasty ).
A very basic way to eat Mochi is to grill and simply dip in Soy Sauce.
A very basic way to eat Mochi is to grill and simply dip in Soy Sauce. But this is not the only way to eat Mochi, there are several typical ways to prepare Mochi: Isobemaki (with roasted seaweed), with grated Daikon, and with soybean powder. How you eat Mochi is really up to you. Some people make a little pizza out of Mochi with cheese and everything.
The buns are chewy and sticky. Given they are far bigger than bite-sized, they need to be laboriously chewed before swallowing.
Anyone who can't chew properly - like children, or the elderly - will be likely to find them hard to eat.
Chew, chew, chew. If that's not possible, the rice cakes need to be cut into smaller pieces.
Each year, authorities issue public warnings in the run-up to the new year festivities advising that people - especially the very young and elderly - should only eat mochi cut down to smaller little chunks.
Yet despite the warnings, each year there continue to be deaths linked to the dish.
At the turn of 2014 to 2015, the number of casualties peaked at nine. In 2016 it was one, while last year two people died.
Each year, many more end up in critical condition in hospitals across the country.
|Skill Level:||Time: 7 Minutes|
|Price:||Serves: 4 People|
01 - Cook Mochi on a wire mesh until the Mochi has expanded and browned.
02 - Dip Mochi in Soy Sauce. Eat.
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