You ate what?! [Episode 14]

いただきます!/itadakimasu/ Let’s eat

Today’s “You ate what?!” comes at the request of my loyal readers in Missouri, U.S.A. Shout out to you ladies for always reading and guessing. I appreciate you.

During a recent trip to Kagoshima prefecture (state), I visited Sengan-en Gardens. The Gardens are attached to the former residence of the Shimadzu family. The estate is where western industrial technology was first introduced to Japan. If you’d like to know more about it please visit their website. https://goo.gl/oEd5AI

The grounds were beautiful. You could see Sakurajima, the active volcano, from the courtyard. We were able to visit the museum, the gardens, the gift shops, and try one of the famous delicacies. We were also able to witness the workers making these delicacies. Take a look and see if you can guess what they are making.


We watched as the workers formed the balls and laid them on the grill. We tried two types of this treat.


Have you guessed it yet?

Its called Jambo mochi. It was delicious. It’s a specialty in Kagoshima prefecture and for good reason. It was gooey and sweet. As an avid mochi lover I was a big fan. But not everyone likes mochi. I don’t know how you could ‘not’ like mochi but to each his/her own.

Mochi is basically rice that has been pounded into a paste. Most mochi is rolled in powdered sugar, stuffed with red bean paste, fruit or chocolate. If you get an opportunity to visit your local Asian Market, I suggest you try it. I first tried mochi in Tempe, Arizona. I found some at Mekong market in the cooler section.

10/10 will try again. And again. And again. I’m basically made of mochi now.

馳走様(でした)!/Gochisou sama (deshita)/Thank you for the delicious meal!

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