Mochi is a traditional style food made from rice.
My local community gets together from time to time to do traditional style activities such as mochi making.
There is a special type of rice that is grown just for mochi. This rice needs to be soaked in water over night then you drain the water and steam the rice. Next, put the rice into a bowl such as the one in the pic above.
Now for the fun part! Smash away! Be careful not to hit the side of the wooden bowl or youâ€™ll end up with wood chips mixed in your mochi.
Iâ€™ve banged the wooden mallet against the side of the bowl and got some dirty looks!