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Tag: Tacoma Buddhist Temple Bazaar

Nov.
1st

Finding mochi: Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s annual food fest, plus a shopping guide

Mochi is a Japanese confection made by filling dough with sweetened beans. File photo.
Mochi is a Japanese confection made by filling dough with sweetened beans. File photo.

Ask a local what the most commonly found Japanese food is in South Sound and the answer will be “teriyaki.” Teriyaki restaurants here are so prolific, I have jokingly pondered if local zoning at one time required strip malls to secure one as a tenant before building permits could be issued.

Thumbing through a typical teriyaki restaurant menu, look beyond teriyaki, the ubiquitous katsu and big plates of yakisoba. It’s the last page of the menu, often listed in fine print, where I’d point your attention – to mochi. It’s the unsung darling of the confectionery world. In teriyaki restaurants, you might find mochi ice cream in flavors such as mango or green tea. There’s another style of mochi that needs to be on your radar – daifuku mochi.

The bite-sized confections filled with sweetened bean paste will be for sale Sunday at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s Fall bazaar, alongside a menu of Japanese favorites, such as sushi, udon, teriyaki and kebabs, priced $1-$9  (see more details at the end of this story). Read more »

Oct.
31st

Mochi, udon, sushi and other finds at Tacoma Buddhist Temple gathering

Mochi is a Japanese confection made by filling dough with sweetened beans. File photo.

Toyoko Nakagawara has a skill that makes her essential for mochi-making day at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple – she’s got hands that can handle piping hot dough. Rolling out the steamed dough is an essential step when making daifuku mochi, a Japanese confection of sweetened red beans stuffed into a chewy rice dough.

“I was in the dry cleaning business, so I was used to the heat,” laughed Nakagawara about tugging the hot dough out of the steamer before forming it into round skins. The finished bun is a gelatinous orb – the taste is sweet and creamy.

The mochi is one of several desserts that will be sold at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s Bazaar, held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Other food will be served at the bazaar and there also will be an art sale. Read more »