What is Mochi
Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese. Similar snacks are prominent in Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan, China (where it is called, Hokkien môa-chî or Mandarin máshu, tang yuan), Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines (where it is called maha), Thailand, and Indonesia (where it is called kue moci and has become specialty of Sukabumi town).