I stopped into Gjusta several weeks back and ended up buying a piece of butter mochi garnished with pomelo. I had no idea what butter mochi was, but the friendly girl behind the counter told me she "loved it!" so I was sold. When it comes to baked goods, I'll put just about anything in my face.
I got into the car and pushed my new discovery under Rob's nose with an enthusiastic "butter mochi!" I confessed to having no clue what the cake was but felt that we should try it. "It's like those mochi ice cream treats you get at sushi restaurants," I said, "but it's a...pastry?" Good guess, but incorrect. The cake was spongy and slightly dense as I split it, and we both agreed that it was interesting and pretty good. The texture was definitely the most curious part.
Once we got home, I asked The Google, "What is butter mochi?", "How do I make butter mochi?", and while we're at it, "What is mochi?" Always a 3-year-old when it comes to food. Speaking of 3-year-olds, this recipe would be great to make with kids since there isn't anything tricky about the technique or equipment.