I don’t recall whether it was China or South Korea that I “discovered” mochi, but I know I bought these delicacies in both places when I was teaching there.
They are not regulars in Australian supermarkets, and I don’t go looking for them when I find an Asian supermarket. Well, that is until now.
On Friday I set out to meet a lady, whom my son met some time ago. We have communicated by phone and agreed to meet at Australia Fair at Southport. After we met and had coffee and a chat, we went our own ways back to our cars. I was unfamiliar with the Australia Fair shopping centre, so went for a wander.
It was there I found the Ming Mei Asian supermarket. I often wander in these shops – not so much to buy anything, but to look and remember. Living in China these were familiar type of supermarkets, though most I visited there were much bigger than Ming Mei.
Many products were familiar to me – others, of course, were not. Then I found the Mochi. They weren’t well displayed for me, but I recognised the delicacy on a lower shelf. I bought a packet.
I couldn’t wait until I got back to the car to taste one. Or two. Yummy.
The following day I was back at Australia Fair, looking for something else, and just had to go back to Ming Mei and get some more. Another packet of the same, and a packet of the tea ones.
The Green Tea Mochi were one of my favourites and I found a packet of them. I was so excited. They are so good. I often wonder why we Aussies haven’t “discovered” Mochi. They are special!!
I searched Dr Google and found a recipe. I wonder if I could make them as good as the ones I buy? One day I am going to try. This will be the recipe I try first.