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Mochi at Yuen Hop (Oakland Chinatown)

At last week's chowdown at Nido in Oakland (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982739), we were treated to an extra dessert. Felice said,

"The black sesame/peanut mochi are available at Yuen Hop on Webster. They are made and sold daily and can sometimes be sold out by 2pm or earlier. You can find them near the cash register and if you don't see them just ask if they are sold out that day. I have also seen them at other stores in Chinatown but did not note the names of those stores."

Before this week's chowlunch in Chinatown, I made a beeline to Yuen Hop (824 Webster St.) to get a pack to take home. A package of seven pieces is the princely sum of $2.50. Only black mochi&peanut filling this day, I didn't see any of the red bean, lotus seed, or coconut ones that appear sometimes too.

Have 'hounds spotted these at other shops?

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  1. This is the only place I've ever bought them. The label used to say something about being made in San Jose... maybe South Bay Hounds can report sightings?

    They're tremendously good!

    1. The best mochi in San Francisco can be had at Benkyodo in Japan town:
      http://www.benkyodocompany.com/

      In San Jose Japan town the best is Shuei-Do:
      http://www.japantownsanjose.org/shuei...

      1. Definitely runs out -- all mochi gone yesterday at 1 p.m.

        1. Just to clarify: they are filled with a mixture of black sesame and peanut butter?

          They look good, and I'll be on the lookout for these. Any sense of what time Yuen Hop opens in the morning?

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          1. re: Dave MP

            To answer one of my own questions: they open every day at 8:30 AM

            1. re: Dave MP

              If the label didn't say "peanut butter", I probably would not have id'd the flavor. The filling looks like mostly black sesame. Try to eat them within 24 hours, as the texture starts to stiffen up once you remove the plastic wrap.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                They had the mochi yesterday, Sunday, at 1 PM. As you say they look like mostly black sesame, but mine tasted very much of peanut butter. There were half a dozen packs left. Maybe there is less demand on Sundays?

                1. re: chocolatetartguy

                  Around the same time last Sunday there were only 2 packs left: 1 peanut butter and 1 that had brown sugar in it. The peanut butter had a lot of filling.

            2. They are also available at Cam Huong in the same neighborhood.

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              1. re: vincentlo

                To confirm....do you mean Cam Huong bakery in Chinatown? There appears to be another Cam Huong over on the other side of Lake Merritt.

                1. re: Dave MP

                  Possibly Cam Huong Restaurant that sells banh mi on Webster between 9th and 10th

              2. I went to Yuen Hop this morning (Friday) at about 9 a.m. There was a pretty decent selection of mochi, and I bought the ones with both sesame and peanuts. I like them a lot! Really soft texture on the mochi, filling not super sweet.

                This morning they had several other types:
                - Just peanut
                - Just black sesame
                - Peanut and black sesame w/ coconut
                - Mung bean
                - Taro

                Next time maybe I'll just buy the whole lot.

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                1. re: Dave MP

                  At long last! You'd invested so much time in gathering the details, I'd wondered when you'd finally get over there. Thanks much for letting us know the varieties. I want the taro ones! I'm glad you like them.