What is Mochi?
Mochi is having an international moment, with retailers carrying mochi ice cream, and small shops popping up selling this Japanese treat around the world. But what is it exactly? The basic definition of "mochi" is a sticky rice cake made with glutinous rice called mochigome. But often, the lines get blurred, and that's why we're here to help!
When I say blurred, sometimes you can find sticky rice cakes that are called mochi but aren't actually made from grains of mochigome. Other times Japanese snacks may be made with mochigome, but aren't always called mochi. It can be quite confusing for the casual traveler. Part of the reason for this confusion is that mochi can also indicate texture in Japanese. Mochimochi means "chewy," "springy," or "elastic."