We here at .retool. are adventurous eaters. At the same time we can also be a bit skeptical of new food options. I’m happy to say we have added a new tasty vegan treat to the rotation.
I’ve always loved mochi at Japanese restaurants. A particularly pleasing version can be found on the dessert menu at Cha-Ya – they serve warm bits of mochi in an azuki bean sauce.
I’d seen these packages of Mochi for ages at Rainbow Grocery. But somehow they always seemed just a little too odd. Until I went shopping when I was hungry. Strange things happen when I shop while hungry. Items I would ordinarily never consider purchasing, let alone eating, end up in the cart. It’s worth it though, because every once in a while I find a new treat.
The mochi was indeed ‘delicious, easy and fun to prepare’ as promised by the packaging. Basically, you cut the mochi into 1-2″ squares and bake them for 8-10 minutes (easy!). They puff up (fun!) when they are ready. The baked mochi puffs are delightfully chewy. The cashew-date flavor is very slightly sweet and has a touch of cinnamon (delicious!).
I would have included pictures of the finished mochi squares, but I was hungry. They are all gone.