mo·​chi | \ ˈmō-chē How to pronounce mochi (audio) \

Definition of mochi

: a doughlike mass made from cooked and pounded glutinous rice used in Japan as an unbaked pastry

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Bites of mochi ice cream served as the night cap to another Chanel success. Vogue, "Chanel Honors Peter Marino, The Architect Who Completely Redesigned the New York Flagship," 18 Jan. 2019 In the evening, the whole place, including the lounge upstairs, will serve cocktails and small plates of cold items like hamachi crudo and tuna tartare, along with the mochi and pastries. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Mochi and Pastries by Day, Cocktails by Night in the West Village," 20 Mar. 2018 There’s mochi ice cream on the menu, but one of Nakano’s sweeter savories make for an even better dessert. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Ramen Ray – Diners receive a full bowl of ramen, five pieces of gyoza and two pieces of mochi ice for $18.50 per person. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Savor Midtown offers dinner bargains in Broad Ripple," 12 June 2018 Containers nearby are filled with colorful rows of gelato flavors, mochi and macarons. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Here's a sneak peek inside Whole Foods, uptown Charlotte's new grocery store," 11 June 2018 Combinations come with names both florid and poetic: Summer Matcha Snow (green tea snow with mochi and red beans), Sakura Romance Snow (mango and strawberry snow with mango boba, strawberries, and grass jelly). Devra First,, "In search of brain freeze," 21 May 2018 Jonathan Gold has been on his own high of sorts in Tokyo, eating mochi, enjoying the cherry blossoms and visiting Yoshihiro Narisawa's restaurant in Minato., "On the highs of Tokyo, 4/20 and rosé season," 21 Apr. 2018 Once the mochi cooled, its texture shifted from gummy to addictively chewy. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "A Lazy Woman’s Canelé," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mochi

1970, in the meaning defined above

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