2015年10月28日

My experience of making Rice cake “Mochi”

It may be surprising or weird, but we actually experienced so many things in just two days of trip to Nishimera village!
I learned and tried making rice cake in a traditional way. It was very interesting. The hosts already had steamed the Japanese sticky rice. We joined in the second procedure which was pounding the rice in wooden mortar, where one person should pound the rice and the other person makes it wet. I must mention pounding is not easy at all, as you do it with a really heavy pestle. (You can see that in the pictures below)
My husband was good at it, but I could barely hold that heavy pestle. They kept pounding until it became smooth. Then, we spread the mochi and cut in pieces. After that we filled it with either sweet bean paste or vegetables, making round shapes. Nowadays Japanese people make rice cake using a machine, but I enjoyed the experience of making it in a traditional way.
Ateffa Jalali
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