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Makin’ That Mochi

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.


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