Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice.The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape.
Mitsuo Nakatani is a mochi master, and to watch him do his work is a genuine thrill. Turning sticky rice into Japan’s traditional soft and chewy treat requires pounding, flipping and smashing the glutinous rice at high speeds in perfect coordination with a team.
While visitors come to Nakatani’s mochi shop to taste the best, they stay to watch him make it.In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.
While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time.
Mochi is a multicomponent food consisting of polysaccharides, lipids, protein and water. Mochi has a heterogeneous structure of amylopectin gel, starch grains and air bubbles.(wikipedia)