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

Examples of mochi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s a cross between the Japanese mochi and American doughnut that's made by connecting eight rice flour doughballs into a circle, frying them and then dipping them in a glaze or sugar. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2022 In fact, her late mother, Asako, an Osaka native, introduced the Kansai-style mochi to Sacramento customers when her parents took over the shop from the Shikasho family in 1963. Naoki Nitta, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Mar. 2022 Or maybe a savory mochi with Sho Chiku Bai sake crammed with lardon, chrysanthemum and sweet snap peas. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Unlike traditional Japanese mochi, Bubbies draws inspiration from Hawaii with a thinner dough, making for a light, gluten-free bite. Anna Haines, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Mochi ice cream is Japanese mochi (a soft rice cake) with an ice cream filling. Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2021 The mochi are best eaten immediately, but they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 Another cousin cooks teriyaki chicken — Seattle style, with ginger and garlic. Because Ms. Gooden’s sister lives in Hawaii, spam musubi (rice balls) and peanut butter mochi have become part of the feast. Hannah Kirshner, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2019 Sweet red bean paste filled strawberry mochi packets alongside green tea ice cream dusted in macha and blooming from the center of a yellow sunflower bowl. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of mochi

1970, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Mochi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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