Mochi is a representative delicacy made by either glutinous rice or millet with a variety of stuffing, such as red beans, green beans or peanuts. It provides a springy but firm texture.
Where is it from?
When it comes to Taiwan’s aborigine’s and Hakka’s cuisines, mochi is regarded as one of the representative delicacies for both culture.
How do you prepare it?
In Taiwan, there are three branches of mochi: the Hans, Hakka and the aborigine. Among the all, the aborigine is the most suitable one to represent Taiwan. Different with the Hans and Hakka, Amis (one of native Taiwanese tribes) uses millet instead of glutinous rice as the major ingredient and called it “Du Lun.” In the past, Du Lun could only be served during ceremonies and festivals without adding any flavor. However, before Taiwan’s restoration, a baker added various types of stuffing, such as red beans, green beans or peanuts, into Du Lun and it has become the renowned “A-Mei Mochi.”
Where do you buy it?
Hualien’s “Zengji Mochi,” “Amei Mochi” and Changhua’s “Dayuan Mochi” are recommended to try as classic Taiwan’s local delicacy.