What Is Mochi?

Updated: Mar 9, 2019

It is a dessert, but it is also so mochi more! Perfect for our punny needs.


What Is Mochi?

Mochi pronounced "Moe - chee" is a Japanese rice dough traditional made from pounding a short grained glutinous sweet rice called mochigome. Although the rice itself is called glutinous it is still completely gluten free, it is only called this because of its sticky nature. So sticky, like stickier than your best friend and her boyfriend who make you the third wheel. But unlike that, mochi doesn't take selfies nonstop (without you) and doesn't drop your plans for its S.O. Nope, mochi can always be by your side and whenever you need it to be. Well at least now it can be, before it was really hard to find mochi in Israel but worry not, Mochikva is here!

The pounding process called mochitsuki is hard and time-consuming. It requires at least two people and special equipment. They use wooden mallets (kine) and a traditional mortar (usu) then they take the rice which has been soaked overnight and steamed and pound it in the usu with the kine. One person pounds while the other turns the mochi and keeps it wets it with hot water. After some time the rice becomes mochi and can be eaten as is or made into shapes.

While mochi can be made at home in the microwave here at Mochikva we instead use a special steamer and rice flour to make the mochi you love, all handmade, without artificial ingredients, vegan and gluten free!



History Of Mochi

Originating from China, then into the hands and stomachs of the Japanese mochi was originally (300ac-300ad) formed from Red Rice and eaten exclusively by the Japanese emperor and nobility and was understood as a omen of good fortune.

Although the rice itself is called glutinous it is still completely gluten free, it is only called this because of its sticky nature. So sticky, like stickier than your best friend and her boyfriend who make you the third wheel. But unlike that, mochi doesn't take selfies nonstop (without you) and doesn't drop your plans for its S.O. Nope, mochi can always be by your side and whenever you need it to be. Well at least now it can be, before it was really hard to find mochi in Israel but worry not, Mochikva is here!


BUT WILL IT KILL ME??!

Don't be afraid though, we are sure you've heard about people choking and dying in japan from eating mochi. We know it sounds scary but the type of mochi that people usually choke on is eaten from a soup where they just swallow the mochi without biting into it. That is half the fun of eating mochi, it is all about the chew! So they are really missing out and possibly endangering themselves. Also we make our mochi bites a bit smaller than the ones in japan and we play with different textures crunchy and soft, dense and fluffy, everything! So no, our mochi will not kill you. Just enjoy its curiously chewy texture and you will be set for life.


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