Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MMMMMMMMMochi!



‘Mochi’ mania at Kobe factory making biggest New Year batch

The Asahi Shimbun  by YOSHINORI MIZUNO/ Staff Writer December 27, 2016


Tray after tray of festive "mochi" rice cakes are being produced in a Consumers' Co-operative Kobe (Co-op Kobe) plant on Rokko island in Kobe on Dec. 26. (Yoshinori Mizuno)

KOBE--Ahead of the New Year’s holiday, “mochi” rice cakes are being mass-produced here in the nation’s largest short-term production of the festive delicacy, according to the manufacturer.

The large-scale mochi-making in a Consumers' Co-operative Kobe (Co-op Kobe) food plant on Rokko island in this western city started Dec. 25 and will last through Dec. 31.

Some 240 tons of the rice cake will be produced during the week, which amounts to some 4.8 million pieces, each weighing 50 grams.

Made from steamed sticky rice, mochi is an important delicacy during New Year in Japan. It is seen in a variety of dishes eaten during the holiday and make up both a savory food and sweet desserts.

Co-op Kobe will be producing the rice cake around the clock with the help of about 230 employees and part-time workers.
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