Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Video of mochi pounding

Mochi are cakes of pounded sticky rice. They're chewey and gooey and taste great when dipped in soy sauce mixed with brown sugar. Click this link to see a roughly 2-minute video of mochi cakes being made the old-fashioned way, which is usually done for New Year's.


Note that mochi-making is a team effort: one person pounds, and one person kneads. (Sometimes a team of pounders will whack away at the rice in sequence, in which case timing is critical.)


I wonder how many "kneaders" end up with broken fingers each year.


—Mellow Monk


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