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May 05, 2005


clare eats

Hi Reid,

That looks like heaps of fun! and really yummy. I haven't managed to try moochi yet, only daifuku. But I love that, esp when it has icecream inside :)

fish fish

Ah~ I didn't see any nice Koinobori this year. Didn't take any.


I do love mochi .. Reid.. :) thanks.. for sharing.. the wonderful picture.. :)


I have the Hawaii Mochi Recipe cookbook and I've made many of the microwave recipes, but I think the chichi dango is a little more tough when made in the microwave, but still pretty good :) I rather than katakuriko, i love kinako, but from what I hear it's an aquired taste. Last week I got some cute omiyage from my cousin. It was a little bag that said Arigato, and two bi-colored chichidango inside! Oishiikatta;)


Oh, how interesting! I've read about Boys' Day in Japan, but have never seen chi chi dango before. Thanks for the commentary.

And I didn't realise that grown-up men still get to celebrate Boys' Day. How cool! :)


would you also give chi chi dango on Girl's day? growing up in a family with 2 daughter's we didn't celebrate Boy's day, but my grandmother did make 'inside out' mochi on March 3. You know, azuki beans on the outside and mochi on the inside, can't remember the proper name! Happy Male Day, Reid!


I've had Nisshodo chi chi dango before (I recognize the wrappers), but never realized where it came from. ^_^ Happy Boy's Day!


the sweets look so inviting. i love chewy sweets... now there's also mochi ice cream. i'm sure you've tried that. it's yummy. mochi reminds me alot of 'muah chee'. i believe you would have tried it when you were in s'pore. it's similar to mochi in terms of texture but i think it's made of rice flour (but not sure if it's the same one used to make mochi?) and coated with peanuts and sugar. is mochi rice flour easily available in supermarts? I so feel like making some of my own now... Mmmmm..

clare eats

I've had daifuku Icecream, that stuff is AWESOME, icecream with the rice dumpling on the outside.


Hi Reid,

That aluminum door at Nisshoddo's sure brings back a lot of memories. We usually order a few boxes to take back as omiyagi for our friends and relatives every time we visit. Their chi chi dangos are so far the best as far as taste. There is another confectionery store near Nimitz which we also tried also but the quality wasn't as good. They had more flavor selections though like chocolate, grape, and other besides the plain mochi. One thing good about those chi chic dangos is that you can freeze and heat them up later in a microwave and voila...they're just as good...nice soft velvety taste.


I've never been to the Nisshodo store, but I've definitely eaten their chichi dango, yum. I stopped by Fukuya on Boy's Day and, even without preordering, was luckily able to get a small tray of small daifuku (9 pcs - $4.50) and a small tray of mini yaki manju (10 pcs - $4.50) , each tray rubberbanded with a special bow tied on. oishii!!

Jo Rutherford

mmmm... This I have to try. I ran a Google on "Nisshodo Candy Store" and came up with all kinds of interesting stuff. Including the fact that there is a similar shop near here called "Shuei-Do". Seems the Emperor of Japan was a customer of this shop on his last visit here.

We've been sick and the boys have been cooped up for 2 weeks, we are planning to venture forth today and check this place out. I wonder if they will have chi chi dango. I was wondering at the beautifully colored pieces in the display cabinet. You have the most wonderfully appetizing photos! I'll let you know what our experience turns out to be! ;o)



Have you tried the plate lunch place out front that's called Spot Inn? While looking for Nisshodo's a while back, we stopped in for lunch and ordered their plate special for the day which was sweet sour spareribs with mac salad, rice and fruit punch drink. I couldn't finish the meal since it was so humongous. You also need to mention that Nisshodo's is not visible from the street and one needs to drive in the back to find it. We were looking for a fancy storefront which there wasn't any...


Hi Clare,

I like mochi ice cream. We have a place here that make it with loads of yummy flavors. Here's the link to my post from a while back.

Hi fish fish,

I didn't see any koi no bori out this year either. Maybe it's because no one in this area has children. =(

Hi MrsT,

Thank you. The chi chi dango was delicious. I think my koi no bori was sad because he didn't get to go outside this year.

Hi Stacey,

I don't have that book, but I'm going to look out for it. In my experience though, the microwave chi chi dango has been more "soft" than the ones I buy in the stores. Perhaps it's because they've been sitting for a while.

BTW...I love kinako, it's much healthier for you too.

Hi Julia,


I don't think I really celebrate Boys' Day, but it does give me an excuse to put up the koi no bori and bring mochi to the office.

Hi Rae,

We would normally give mochi on Girls Day (or Hinamatsuri) as well, but it would be a different type of mochi. Girls Day as it's known in Hawaii is known as Dolls Festival in Japan.

Hi Cindy,

Thank you! Now you can buy some too! =)

Hi Cheryl,

Yes, I've tried muah chee before, and while the texture may be similar, I think they are quite different. My Singaporean friends explained that the traditional muah chee is made with black sesame and rolled in ground peanuts.

The mochiko (sweet rice flour) that I use is Blue Star brand and is available all over. If you'd like I can send you some. It about US$1.00 here.

Hi Clare,

I like mochi ice cream too. I think I'm going to buy some today! =)

Hi Clinton,

I think the place that you're thinking about is Fukuya. It's a little further down the road. I agree, their chi chi dango is not as good.

Hi Naomi,

Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you were able to get some mochi from Fukuya. I don't really go anywhere else for mochi, except maybe to Kansai Yamato.

Hi Jo,

I hope you get to try the mochi. Good luck and let me know how you like it.

Hi Clinton,'re right about Nisshodo. If you're not familiar with the location, it will be hard to find. I'll update the post shortly.

I have been to Spots, but not in a very long time. I'll try to stop there soon.


Aha... I've always been curious about how to make mochi. And this one is done in the microwave? Kewl.

Another recipe to bookmark.

Thanks Reid!


Hi Reid,

Ohhh, I checked it up and mochiko actually also known as glutinous rice flour. ya i have that here too. thanks much... can't wait to try out the recipe... i found a cocoa mochi recipe online... i'm gonna try it out... hope it turns out well!


Hi AG,

It's not like real mochi, but it will do when you're in a pinch. Besides, you can use the same recipe to make daifuku. =)

If you do try it, let me know. I sometimes use non-fat milk when making chi chi dango as it tastes "smoother".

Hi Cheryl,

I'm glad you were able to find mochiko (glutinous rice flour). Good luck to you! I hope your chocolate mochi is a success. =) I'm very anxious to hear how it turns out.


Aha... even better. I didn't realise mochiko was glutinous rice flour. Woohoo. Dead easy to source!


yea, mochiko is the japanese term for sweet rice flour aka glutinous rice flour.

ahhh i'm so disappointed. the cocoa mochi was a disaster. weird thing was, i followed the recipe accordingly and re-checked it again! but i could phantom how it failed. the recipe didn't make sense.

You see, it involved making a chocolate syrup out of cocoa powder and sugar. but then, they instructed to add it to the mochiko only after it's cooked! meaning, after microwaving. how can the syrup mix with the cookied mochiko? it looked like one big fat white glob floating in brown sauce. ahhh...

then, i had some flour left so i decided to add the syrup to the flour first then microwave it. but alas, it failed. turned out like some dry brown substance. eeks. I do think that the next time i try to make mochi, it wouldn't be the microwave version. i hope my next attempt (maybe butter mochi) would be successful!

PS. weirdly so, i got the cocoa mochi recipe from bluestar website!


Hi AG,

Well I guess you have no excuse for not trying this right? If you're going to make chi chi dango, use milk instead of water. I think it tastes better.

Hi Cheryl,

I'm sorry your chocolate mochi turned into a disaster. The microwave recipe is not a bad one, though I just think that maybe the instructions for the recipe that you used weren't so clear.

If you'd like, I can send you the chocolate mochi recipe that I normally use. You can try it out and let me know what you think. Otherwise, I'll be posting a recipe for butter mochi in the next couple of days...stay tuned.


ya i guessed so. oh you have a chocolate mochi recipe? yea, it'll be great if you could send it to me. haha i'm determined to make a successful batch of mochi...


Hi Cheryl,

I'll send it to you shortly. I've posted the butter mochi recipe today and you should be getting the chocolata mochi recipe in a couple of days OK? =)



Gee, I haven't been to Nisshodo in YEARS!! and I'm only right down the road... I Love the Peanut Butter mochi... :) YUM! I think I'll go there sometime next week... :)


Hi Robyn,

Well, you better go then. =P

Seriously, Kansai Yamato opened in the Makai Market at Ala Moana. I'm going to have to stop by and get some mochi from them. The last time I was at Daiei, they had warabi mochi. Mmmm!


the chichi dango recipe I have is an old one (when I was elementary school!) It is the closest to Nisshodo's of all the ones I've sampled. the recipe calls for steaming, then adding a sugar syrup. totemo oishiiiiii! :oD

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