Friday, August 31, 2012
Mochi is one of Japan's staple foods, a rice-based dough that can be eaten sweet or savory. While most mochi is made from mochigome, a short-grained glutinous rice, other foods that share mochi's characteristic chewiness are sometimes also known as "mochi". Warabi mochi gets its springy texture not from rice, but from the starch of bracken ferns. Translucent and slightly slippery, warabi mochi is a classic Japanese summer sweet, the mere sight of which gives some relief from heat and humidity. Tokara's version is served with molasses syrup and a dusting of kinako, a powder made from toasted soybeans.