“Harrison, Ben is that a new place?” Home was a couple of minutes away. I circled around the block to get a closer look. Screech.
Awesome. The new store was in fact a Japanese Sweet Shop called Umai Do. No, oh no. Is this really happening? A store serving mochi and doriyaki/manju made from scratch. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice. The filling is sweet and some varieties include red or white bean paste. This is traditionally eaten during the Japanese New Year. Doriyaki are two pancakes filled typically with red azuki beans.
The texture of mochi is similar to a marshmallow, soft and chewy. Mochi has a mild sweet flavor. The freshness is apparent and is not in the same league as the prepackaged good at Uwajimaya.
The shop is small and you will get personal attention. Umai Do is a cash or check only place. Unfortunately, I did not have either. All three of us walked out with our heads drooped. Shucks! Before we hopped into the suv I said, “Harrison, do you have your Christmas money in your skinny jeans?” This child has been on a skinny jean kick lately, and has refused to wear his other jeans. He told me about forgetting money in his jeans from the last wash. ”Mom, will pay you back.” Sweet. Everyone rushed back into the shop.
Green & Pink Mochi
We endulged in more mochi for our evening snack. Hawaii was still on the brain. It’s the cold weather. Mochi crunch is a popular snack in Hawaii, especially in movie theatres. You arrive at your seat loaded with the usual suspects: popcorn & a refreshing drink. On the mainland we stop here, but in Hawaii the Hurricane Mochi Crunch package has the following contents: sturdy cellophane bag (i’ll explain in a second), mochi mix, and butter packet. You dump your popcorn in the cellophane bag, then the butter packet, next the mochi mix. Then you vigorously shake until everything is mixed together. This is the pre-movie ceremony in HI movie theaters.
Mochi in this case, is a mix of arare. Arare are pellet size rice crackers coated with Shoyu (soy sauce). This is a whiz to make and should only take 7 minutes at the most to make.
Mochi Crunch Popcorn
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 ounces popcorn kernels, approximately 1/2 cup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2T Nori Flakes
- 1/2 c rice crackers
Place the oil, popcorn and salt in a large, 6-quart, metal mixing bowl. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil and poke 10 slits in the top with a knife.
Place the bowl over medium heat and shake constantly using a pair of tongs to hold the bowl. Continue shaking until the popcorn finishes popping, approximately 3 minutes.
Remove the bowl from the heat and carefully remove the foil. Stir in any salt that is on the side of the bowl.
Melt the butter in the microwave. Slowly drizzle over the popcorn, while spinning the bowl. Add nori flakes and rice crackers to the popcorn and mix. Serve immediately. see also : Delicious pancakes from cheap corn