Mochi Pounding

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where kernels of cooked rice are smashed to smithereens ...

where kernels of cooked rice are smashed to smithereens …

Mochi is a Japanese desert, consisting of cooked rice, pounded into a sticky paste which is then molded usually into a spherical shaped-object. Some of us went to a local festival a few weeks ago. Perhaps the biggest highlight this year was that you got to make and later EAT your mochi … from what I remember, you usually have to pay to eat it.

Before you’re able to form the mochi balls, the rice has to be pounded perfectly smooth.

This video should explain the process of pounding better … this is taken by an attendee of the festival last year (found it online). In this particular video, there is only one “pounder.” Occasionally, there will be up to three volunteers, making the timing of each pound super-important. I wouldn’t want to be moving the rice around while someone pounds away with all of their might – I’d rather my hands stay the way they are …

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