Want to know what they’re pounding in viscoelastic submission? Short grain, gelatinous rice cake known as Mochi and enjoyed throughout Japan. You may have seen this cake in the aisles of Wan Long or your local Asian grocer, though I cannot guarantee it was made with such ceremonious vigour.
A whole laundry list of uses for the rice cake include filling it with bean paste or ice cream, for those with sweeter teeth, or in small dumpling like balls in a soup. There have even been reports of ‘Moffles’, waffle like toastings of the glutinous substance.
The chewy confection also comes with a health warning, over 100 people are hospitalised due to suffocation or choking on the elastic rice treat each year in Japan.