"Mochi" is made of rice? Not this one!

by Fujiko - Japan Licensed Guide
(22) Reviews
This is "Imo mochi" or mochi made of sweet potatos in Sado Island.

 Local grandmas make this "mochi" during this time of year for locals and as souvenirs for tourists.

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

First they peel , cut and measure potatos. 

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

 Then steam them.  You can see piping hot steamed potatos taken out of the machine.

They simply look delicious and mouth-watering, but you can't eat them now!

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

Put into another machine and...

 Steamed potatos, flour and sugar are mixed well in this machine and the batch is spread in square molds.

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

 Next step is...

They are sliced into small sqaure pieces and dried for a few days.

And finally, these pieces are vacuum-packed and ready to be sold! ( seen in the very first photo )

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

 Would you like to have some?

We usually toast them for a few minutes until they become golden or microwave them.

Imo mochi goes well with green tea, black tea or coffee!   You can enjoy Sado grandma's taste.

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

In history... 

Actually, sweet potatos were eaten in Ogi area in Sado Island as supplement of rice.

Now they are eaten as one of nostalgic tastes of the island.  We tend to buy mass-produced foods for souvenirs but I recommend to find

something really local like this Imo mochi.  You can buy Imo mochi at souvenir shops or local supermarkets in Sado Island.

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