When you least expect it…

I read about these awesome mochi

Sarikei mochi 1

…from some place in Sarikei a few years ago and the couple of times I was there, I was hoping I would be able to grab a few to try but I did not know where to go or as a matter of fact, I was not really looking as I was never a fan of mochi.

Well, if you do not know what mochi is, if I am not wrong, it is originally a Japanese delicacy made from glutinous rice flour and what separates the men from the boys would be the texture – some can be so rubbery, so difficult to bite and chew and I would feel like choking when trying to swallow it, not unlike those Chinese glutinous rice balls called tangyuan which I am not all particularly fond of either though I do not mind a few, coated with crushed peanut and sugar, during the Chinese Dōngzhì or Winter Solstice Festival, just to upkeep and preserve the tradition and the culture. Something along this same line would be the nyonya delight, the onde onde, also known as kuih Melaka, and I quite like those especially when they are well made and have lots of gula Melaka (coconut palm sugar) inside that will squirt out the moment you bite into the thing.

Anyway, back to the mochi, there is a fruit and vegetable shop round the corner from my house and the hubby would drive to Sarikei on alternate days and bring back a whole lot of stuff from there to sell and I was there the other day when I spotted these mochi

Sarikei mochi, pack of 6

…much to my surprise as I did not expect to see those there – I did not see them selling them before. There was no label, no sticker nothing but my guess was those would be the ones that everyone was talking about.

What got my attention was a little girl came out of a luxury car to buy a pack of 6, selling for RM6.50 so that would mean that the mochi would be a little more than RM1.00 each which I would say was by no means cheap. Of course, I bought some myself to try and yes, they were indeed very very nice, pandan-flavoured and hence, the green colour, coated with Nestum and with the generous peanut butter filling…

Sarikei mochi, peanut butter filling

…I would say that they tasted a lot nicer than any that I have had before and I never ever cared to go back for more.

Well, if anyone passing through Sarikei would like to grab some to try, he or she can get them at the Kim Hing Bakery and Confectionery (2.124171, 111.518061)…

Kim Hing Bakery & Confectionery, Sarikei
*Taken from Google Streetview*

…at No. 43A, Jalan Hua Tai 1 to the extreme right of that block of shops.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

15 thoughts on “When you least expect it…”

  1. They do look delicious! Not too sticky but soft and chewy enough with lots of fillings. Their price is definitely lower than those expensive Japanese mochi.

    Oh? Never tried the Japanese ones…and I thought around RM1.10 each was mighty expensive already. They are really nice though – would not mind buying again should I happen to drop by that shop.

  2. Indeed, mochi is made from glutinous flour. I guess this flour is more expansive than regular rice. Some unscrupulous traders/suppliers have resorted to mixing glutinous flour with plain flour to bulk it up, hence the undesirable texture.

    I love mochi, tangyuan (we had plain ones in Kuching) and onde-onde. Yours look good. How far is Sarikei from Sibu? Is the former a foodie stomping ground?

    Japanese mochi rice cakes are soooo gooood. Expansive 😁! It is made from Japanese glutinous rice. Do try it out. I grilled/pan fried them but I had never done anything fancy to it because it is so good as it is.
    https://www.japancentre.com/en/products/823-sato-shokuhin-mochi-rice-cakes

    I am no fan of mochi or anything similar except our nyonya onde onde. I do not even bother to buy the flour sold at the wet market once a year for making tangyuan – just roll and drop into boiling water,so very easy…so don’t expect me to make mochi, Japanese or whatever.

    And you are originally from Sarawak, from Kuching? Sarikei is around an hour from Sibu. It has its attractions – you can search my old posts on the town to have a look but it is growing and it is growing very fast. I see on one Facebook page, nice eateries opening one after another.

  3. The normal ones selling at the kuih stall would be plain glutinous rice balls rolled on crushed peanuts, and they are called “muah chee”. I wonder if it is the same. Your mochi looks good with peanut fillings.

    I saw some bloggers giving that name in brackets. I guess they are all more or less the same thing, different versions. My missus likes the deep fried ones, sesame seed coated and crushed peanut inside. I think they have tau sar too.

  4. I like Japanese mochi. Coated with peanuts.

    Soon it is time to make and tang yuan again. Time really flies. I like tang yuan as plain as it is. I find those frozen tang yuan with peanuts or black bean fillings tend to break easily and spill the filling in the water. Sigh. Not a big fan of that although hubby loves to buy them. Now can basically eat those tang yuan anytime of the year.

    Not into tangyuan – my sis will make and I will have ONE, just one, to uphold the tradition. There was a stall here at a coffee shop behind Delta Mall, lots of varieties, so many different choices…but it closed down before I could go and try…and blog about it.

  5. Chill them a while and they have a completely different texture 😀

    I guess that will make them harder and more chewable? Will try the next time I have any in the house. Not going to buy anymore that soon, I guess, since I am not into mochi.

  6. I’ve never had mochi – but love onde onde. A few of my friends make it here fairly often.

    I love onde onde but the ones at the kampung kueh stalls here are very very small, not like the ones I used to have and enjoyed in my younger days…and worse, they do not squirt…so I hardly bother to buy.

  7. I have never tried this before. 🙂

    You may find it there, among the Japanese products at the supermarkets or Asian stores. They do make them for export but of course, the factory manufactured ones would not be really nice.

  8. Oh! I love mochi! My brother introduced them to me many years ago. Then we went to buy some. I loved the pandan flavored ones with mung bean filling. The soft chewy feeling is wonderful. There are also frozen ones with durian filling.

    I think I would reserve the durian filling for cream puffs…or those durian crepes. Yum yummmm!!!

  9. I wouldn’t mind grabbing some if I were to go there one day.. Sarakei.. 🙂 They look good to me…

    SarIkei! Come, come! Come to Sibu and we’ll drive there, very near – you can enjoy among the many things there…their celebrated giant prawn noodles, the talk of the town.

  10. I am not a real fan of mochi. I can only eat one the most but the boys love it lots. I was afraid to let them eat initially for fear they will choke on it but they insisted so I gave small bites.

    Not just them – when I eat, I would worry that I would choke on that sticky thing too!

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