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Friday, August 30, 2013

Ohagi or Bota-Mochi

This is a traditional sweet in Japan called ohagi or in this area, bota-mochi. It's made with sticky mochi rice or mochigome. The rice is pounded, but not completely as in proper omochi rice cakes. The outside is covered in anko, a sweet bean paste. I believe this is a homemade variety. There are many traditional sweets made with a red bean paste. I never knew beans could be a sweet until I came to Japan. Bota-mochi taste good. They are pretty sweet and thick and chewy. It's also said that eating bota-mochi will help a mother produce breastmilk. Eat up mommy!

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