Darrell had been out in town mooching yesterday and came back feeling really chuffed with himself, brandishing a very exotic and romantic looking box which contained a type of Japanese confectionery, which Hugh had told him he " ...just simply had to try, Darling” …… and what better excuse for confectionery review, than a Japanese one, an as yet, uncharted comestible territory for all of us …..
He said that he’d been on wikipedia and found out that mochi are Japanese rice cakes made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape …….. not the most glamorous and enticing of descriptions, but they did look interesting.
The information on the back was a little interesting too, saying that the E129 colouring might have an adverse effect on the activity and attention of children, and we wondered if we should really include Nigel in this review, but in the end, said that he should not consume a whole one, but take only the the smallest of nibbles, just in case.
The mochi(s) were individually packaged, and didn’t really look like cakes at all, more like flattened, jelly type marshmallows ……
And ..... how did they taste? Well, very sweet and very chewy ….. a bit like a powder covered, much softer, creamy gummy sweet with a jelly type filling …….
We liked them, but not perhaps enough to make them a staple in our confectionery cupboard, and Darrell remarked that they were far from “Yuki” (yucky) as it said on the box! We watched Nigel very closely after his nibble and saw no difference in his behaviour for the rest of the afternoon, so that was OK. And, after much deliberation, we are all agreed in giving Darrell’s unusual choice of confectionery review a rather reserved 6 out of 10 on our Richter Scale of Japanese Type Noms ..... and await his next review suggestion!!!!!!