Traditional "High Speed" Mochi Making in Japan Is Pretty Much the Best Thing Ever
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
Mochi, a fan-favourite rice cake snack from Japan may be commercialized and mass-produced in factories to meet global demands today, but many still agree that the best mochi is made fresh and traditionally. In the Nara region of Japan, a mochi shop called Nakantanidou still makes its rice cakes in a traditional process called “mochisuki.” The rice paste is repeatedly hammered with giant wooden mallets while another master hydrates the paste with water. This happens at lightning quick speeds and requires seamless coordination between the mochi masters. It is said that this is necessary for the exquisite texture of authentic, traditional mochi. Watch the video above to see the masters at work.