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【英語】Mochi : 焼き餅、香ばしいしょうゆの香りが絶品。

Mochi : Rice Cake

 

“Mochi” is made from “Mochi-gome” (glutinous rice). When hot steamed “Mochi-gome” is pounded, it becomes a sticky paste, and then it is molded into round balls or cut into squire cakes.

餅は蒸したもち米をついた後、丸や四角形状に切って作ります。

 

Traditionally, “Mochi” has been regarded as food for festive and ceremonial occasions. Each household used to pound steamed “Mochi-gome” and created their own “Mochi” in preparation for the New Year. Nowadays, “Mochi” is availble at supermarkets, ready to be cooked right away.

昔より餅は祭礼などの際の食で、各家庭で餅つきをし、新年に向け自家製の餅を作っていました。今は直ぐに食べられるものがスーパーで売られています。

 

Most simple way to serve “Mochi” is to grill it, best with charcoal fire as seen on the picture, if not, with toaster oven. The cake will expand to 2-3 times the original size, crisp on the outside and soft inside. Once done, dip it in sweetened soy sauce, and wrap it with “Nori” (seaweed), if you like.
最も簡単な食べ方は、写真のように炭火(或いは、オーブントースター)で焼くことです。餅は、元の2-3倍の大きさに膨れ、外側はパリパリ、中は軟らかくなります。焼きあがったら、砂糖醤油につけ、好みで海苔で巻いていただきます。

 

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Other typical variations to serve mochi. Would like to explain in the next occassion.

“Kinako-mochi” (“Mochi” sprinkled with sweet soy flour)
“Zoni” (Soup with “Mochi” and vegetables, served on New Years Day)

 

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