A few years ago I was looking for a good source for red bean paste, which I use for making Chinese red bean bao and Sesame balls. I had the good fortune to find Pacific Mercantile Company, which is an online Asian grocery store specializing in Japanese food. As it turns out, they carry fabulous mochi, mochi that even my Japanese mother-in-law loves!!!
Mochi is a traditional Japanese hand held treat. It is made with glutinous (sticky rice) on the outside, and sweetened red bean paste on the inside. It makes for a sweet (but not too sweet) treat with a coolness to it and a nice texture.
Mochi are ornate in their simpleness. They are colored white, red, or green on the outside.
Although I haven’t done this yet, I have often thought about setting mochi out at parties as a petit-four kind of treat.
Here is a link to some of Pacific Mercantile’s mochi. They have a lot more, but these are probably my favorite.
It should also be noted that Pacific Mercantile does a great job with their packaging. Everything I have ever ordered has arrived in perfect condition. The service is amazing.
**October is Down syndrome awareness month!***