I'm Eating What?! Raisin and Cinnamon Mochi
Photos by Riki Altman
Haven't met Mochi yet? Well, it's probably time you did, since this Asian item seems to be quickly making its way into the vernacular of foodies around the States. It has shown up on dessert menus, stuffed with ice cream, at various sushi and Thai restos around town and was even spotted at the Tutti Fruitti in Pinecrest as a topping for frozen yogurt.
department. It's available in plain or cinnamon-raisin flavor and,
since the latter is so interesting, we'll give that one a go.
a warning -- you need a very, very sharp knife, or a chainsaw, to cut
through the supercondensed, doubly plastic-packaged, light-brown-colored brick of Mochi. Its rectangular shape
allows for about 16 pieces if deftly cut four-by-four. The stuff is made of "special" short grain sweet rice, filtered water, and sea salt, and you know what happens to rice when it is packed and chilled: Yep, it gets tough.
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