Japan: Mochi (6/10)

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    Japanese mochi is a characteristic of the land of the rising sun. In Japan, mochi is a traditional cake used in many occasions from holidays to traditional festivals or as a dessert. There are many types of mochi with different recipes and flavors. Even so, the crust is made from the best glutinous rice and this cake means luck that the gods have bestowed on the people of Japan.

    Mochi is traditionally produced by soaking sticky rice overnight, then pounding it into a paste using a specific wooden mallet and pestle, then shaping it into spheres or cubes. This happens during special mochi-making events held around the New Year, with whole towns gathering to see the spectacle. Eating mochi as a sweet treat or in meals like ozoni or zenzai since it is extremely chewy and sticky

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