I’ll admit it took me a long time to get into Japanese food. I never had it as a child, but when I finally had some sushi about five years ago I was instantly hooked. Now I have a craving for a Dragon Roll every other day or so; my sushi cravings are insatiable.
Well, a new addition to my obsession is mochi. These delectable little balls of ice cream covered by a rice paste gel are my new favorite thing ever. I had some when I visited Little Tokyo in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago, and now I want it every day. In particular, the mochi pictured above is incredible. You get six little mochi balls for about 3 dollars at Trader Joe’s. These exact ones were what the store in Little Tokyo was selling, so it’s clearly a favorite.
I recently finished an entire box and was sad when there were no more inside. I should go buy some more soon.
I could seriously eat mochi all day. I felt the need to make this post just to profess my love for mochi and now I just want to go buy some boxes and eat them all. Now.
It even brings people together for the New Year. It really is quite amazing.
Edit: I realize that ice cream Mochi isn’t the traditional red bean-paste incarnation of mochi, it is instead a new Americanized version of a famous Japanese treat. Regardless, I like it in whatever form it has, including the original traditional Japanese mochi. It’s just all so good.