Discover Mochi

Sublimely soft rice flour dough surrounds a smooth and irresistibly indulgent filling…

What is mochi?

The Japanese love mochi. It’s one of their most well-loved confections – and best-kept secrets. It’s created by steaming and pounding sticky rice until it gains a beautiful, soft elasticity. This outer layer is then wrapped around velvety smooth centres like ice cream and ganache, creating the contrast of textures that makes eating this artisan Japanese confection such an unforgettable joy. The only way to truly understand, though, is to try it…

A place in legend...

The name Tsuki is inspired by ancient Japanese folklore, which tells of a rabbit that sacrifices himself to honour a God. As a reward for his selflessness, and as a symbol of honour and integrity, the God restores the rabbit to life and makes an impression of his body on the moon – pounding the ingredients for mochi.

Tsuki is the Japanese word for moon…

An ancient tradition

In Japan, they’ve been making mochi for over a thousand years. It used to be prepared in a traditional ceremony called mochitsuki, which involved two men pounding steamed rice with heavy wooden mallets, as another added water between strikes – check it out here in this clip we’ve nabbed from YouTube. The process requires expertise, precise timing and a strong nerve.

Check out this ancient (and potentially hand-crushing) ceremony in the video above.

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