Japanese Desserts - mochi
I've been so addicted to those chewy rice cakes called mochi. I find ok ones in Japanese markets, but does anyone know of a Japanese dessert shop that sells fresh ones? I feel like a mochi cafe would be a huge hit. Mochi are those doughy cakes filled with sweet red bean or sometimes peanut butter or strawberry (although I"ve rarely seen the last 2 kinds around).
Just to clarify things, mochi is the generic term for rice cake (made from pounded sweet rice, different from the ones made from rice flour), and it could be savory or sweet, although I believe when you say mochi in Japanese, most people think of savory preparations. The mochi filled with sweet bean is called a daifuku. The ones with other fillings go by different names. Speaking of which, it's almost the season for sakura-mochi (the sweet stuff scented with sakura blossoms, pink in color). Try Minamoto Kitchoan (49th/5th Ave) if you're really into these types of desserts.