Benkyodo Co, SF - who's had the New Years Mochi? Peanut Butter mochi, Blueberry Mochi, Seseame mochi
CASH ONLY! Still only 1 of 2 shops in the Bay Area to get fresh Japanese mochi. Waited in line behind about 5 other people.
I got 3 things:
Blueberry Mochi $1.20 ea. It's soft & there's some blueberry in the mix, a bit sweet. I liked it.
Sesame - navy color inside, pastry outside. Tasted ok. Price ea - don't know.
Peanut Butter mochi - comes saran wrapped because some people have nut allergies so they pre-wrap it up, gotta buy 3. Crunchy peanut butter inside the soft mochi. Just ok. Don't know how much they cost.
My total was $7.90.
Benkyodo New Years Mochi - sign said please place orders by 12/24/11. What are these below?
Komochi 1 lb $3.5
Noshi 4lb sheet $13
An-iri (tsubu or koshi) $1.25
Kinton (red or white) $4
Sekihan 1lb $3.5
Okasane Mochi (set of 2)
$3, 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 25
I haven't had their New Year's mochi, we make our own at home in our mochi-making machine - but I got some answers for you about some of the terms you asked about - but first a correction. What you called mochi above (the blueberry, peanut butter, etc.), are manjus (if you're female, they're o-manjus), confections with sweetened adzuki beans. Mochi is special rice that has been cooked then pounded and stretched to make a very sticky 'dough.' It can be hard to swallow for the very old or the very young.
Komochi - flattened balls of mochi, made at this time of year for use in ozoni soup, a 'good luck' New Year's dish. The rest of the year, you can toast it under the broiler or microwave it, wrap it some nori (dried seaweed), dip it some soy sauce and eat. Mmmm.
Noshi - the mochi is rolled out into a square or a rectangle. I don't know if the smaller squares, rectangles, would be pre-cut.
An-iri - Mom didn't know what this was - but I've seen packets of an-pan (sweetened bread with the azuki beans inside) that were labeled tsubu (uses whole and partially mushed beans - basically a chunk mixture) or koshi (smooth sweetened bean paste).
Kinton - this MAY just be sweetened paste made from chestnuts or sweet potato.
Sekihan - sticky reddish-brown rice (colored from being cooked with azuki beans) with beans
Okasane Mochi - these are sets of two mochi, made to be stacked (one is large, the other smaller) and then topped with a tangerine or mandarin orange (preferably with a leave still attached). It's another good luck / New Year's tradition. Some stores sell big plastic forms of these.
Benkoyodo has a website:
I've seen mochi being pounded at several Japanese event so I'd say the Blueberry ones are Mochi - sticky rice w/ blueberries mixed in, powdered sugar on the outside.
Peanut butter mochi - pounded rice w/ crunchy peanut butter inside
The sesame one is manju - baked outside w/ beans inside.
Thanks for the info on the NY's mochi. Wish they had samples & they really should label w/ names & descriptions so you know what's inside each of the items.