Hello Mission Start fateful, since I'm behind on my Adaptations blog concerning 2 of the novels of the Vampire Hunter D series, I've decide to do blogs in relation to my work here and my fandom that will be only posted here(and maybe sometimes my blogspot account). The series I'm writing deals with my favorite snacks and treats that are from Japan or are originally Japanese.
The first treat I'll cover today is Ramune.
Ramune is a carbonated soft drink introduced in 1876 in Kobe, Japan by Scottish pharmacist Alexander Cameron Sim during the Meiji period. It was originally called "mabu soda" for marble soda in reference to the marbles used to give it extra fizz. By pushing said marble from the top of the bottle(or the opening) into its neck.
For people not aware of the marble's presence it comes as a shock to them when they come in contact with it. Which at times its pretty funny unless they're reaction is wasting your drink then its little annoying.
Ramune comes in at least 35 flavors, however my favorite thus far are strawberry and grape. In the future this may change as I try more flavors.
Thus it is a beverage worth trying out and you won't be disappointed unless you get a flavor that you're normally not fond of.
Next treat on the list is Mochi.
Mochi is a sweet Japanese rice cake made out of mochigome, or a type of glutinous rice. While it is eaten all year around, mochi is actually traditional food for Japanese New Year.
There are similar type of foods in other Asian countries. In China rice cake dish know as Nian Gao, Taiwan Môa-chî(which maybe like the japanese mochi), and in the Koreas Tteoki. But lets focus on mochi.
It is usually made traditionally in a ceremony called Mochitsuki, with whole rice which can be labor intensive. check out the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mllYOPzOnYo
But it also can be made from sweet rice flour (Mochiko).
However as seen in the picture it can be processed easily. Speaking of which the brand seen here is a type of stuff mochi that has taro(a type of plant paste) inside which I do like, but green tea is my favorite so far and I have tried a strawberry flavored one as well which was ok. However I do not like the red bean flavor or fillings. Since I'm not very fond of bean paste.
Here is something to be aware of if you are going to try mochi for the first time whether homemade or pre-made & packaged. It needs to be heated, stove top or microwave(microwave for the packaged ones) which gives it that elastic, slightly transparent look.
There are other dishes that involve mochi, such as Chikara udon, but since I have plans to try those dishes, I'll go over my experience with you guys afterwards.
Until next time.