mochi

Mochi with brown butter, green onions and nori

All about mochi and New Year's in the Japan Times, plus a ruinous-to-your-waistline buttery mochi recipe.

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How to make fresh mochi, or pounded rice, at home, with ease, and without a mochi making machine.

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How to make moffles or mochi waffles, a relatively new but very popular snack in Japan, in a regular waffle maker.

Keep reading Moffles →

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Happy New Year! I wanted to post this a little earlier, but better late than never I hope!

During the New Year holiday period, traditionally rice is not cooked, to give a rest to the cook. Instead, dried mochi cakes were used as the carbohydrate. Ozouni (お雑煮 おぞうに), which literally means 'mixed stew', is a soup with mochi cakes in it. There is no one set recipe, and there are lots of regional variations. This one is a simple Kanto (Tokyo area) style ozouni, the way my mother makes it. It's very simple, not to mention economical - just clear soup, greens, chicken and mochi. Garnish is optional.