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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The guanciale crisped up nicely on the grill, while the mochi bits weren’t given a chance to cook properly and retained their rectangular shapes and firmness. Soleil Ho,, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019 Inside, there are sweets — mochi, Ring Pops, buckets of fruity, fizzy drinks promising zero calories. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "Welcome to Rom Com Fest, a haven for fans who never stopped believing in happily ever after," 2 July 2019 Yuzu shrimp is followed by a zucchini spiral, then squid and edible shiso flower and eel soup and a plate of bite-size morsels (eggplant, crab, fish eggs, jellyfish, squash), all chased with the most delicious mochi dessert (a gelatinous rice cake). James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 2019 On Donut Day, make another purchase at Third Culture or 1951 Coffee in Berkeley and get a free special flavor mochi doughnut, while supplies last. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Free doughnuts: Where to score the sweet stuff Friday in the Bay Area," 5 June 2019 The menu also includes a classic Paris Brest pastry, fondants, mochi ice cream and cheesecake. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Beard Papa’s cream puffs bakery to open in Houston Chinatown June 22," 17 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of mochi

1970, in the meaning defined above

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