While living in Japan for nearly three years, I kept my picky American palate with me at all times. This unfortunate luggage was a barrier between me and new food experiences. It wasn't until I returned to Minnesota that I began a love affair with Japanese foods.
These sweet rice cakes may not look exactly like the outside of the box they come in, but they are addictive little bites. These were a gift from S, which she purchased from a local Asian grocer. Each mouthful reminds me of a chewy gummi treat, but far more complex and delicious. I even enjoy the cornstarchy finish.
It didn't occur to me that I could make my own. When I stumbled across the blog globetrotterdiaries and read through their mochi recipe, I realized that a new kitchen challenge awaits! Meanwhile, check out globetrotters link on the tradition of mochi.