Gohei Mochi: Specialty Rice Cake of Nagano, Gifu, and Aichi

When I go on a trip to the mountainous Hida and Takayama region of Gifu that is famous for its old streets, I will definitely buy a skewer of “Gohei Mochi (五平餅)” at a confectionery shop offering “Dango (団子)” dumplings.

Not only in the cities of Hida and Takayama, but if you have a plan to do sightseeing in the mountainous areas of Nagano and Aichi, for example, the Kiso and Ina region of Nagano, you will also find Goheimochi there.

Gohei-Mochi (五平餅)

Gohei Mochi

Gohei-Mochi is actually a traditional Japanese rice cake snack that is locally eaten in the mountainous areas of Gifu, Nagano, Aichi, Toyama, and Shizuoka Prefectures. 

By the way, Gohei Mochi appears in the big hit Japanese anime film “Kimi no Nawa (君の名は)” with the English title of “Your Name”, which has a scene modeled after the cities of Hida and Takayama.

Origin 

Gohei Mochi is said to have been first made by locals of the Kiso and Ina region of Nagano in the mid-Edo period (Edo period: 1603 to 1868).

Making 

Making Gohei Mochi

Although “Mochi (餅)” usually refers to white plain rice cake made from glutinous rice called “Mochi-Gome (餅米)”, Gohei Mochi is made of non-glutinous rice “Uruchi-Mai (うるち米)”.

Specifically, 

  1. The Uruchi rice is first steamed, then pounded into a sticky dough, and wrapped around a wide flat bamboo skewer or wooden stick.
  2. A sweet nutty sauce is applied to the rice cake, and then the skewer is aromatically grilled over a fire.

Sauce 

Gohei Mochi Sauce

There are two types of sauce for Gohei Mochi, soy sauce-based and miso-based. Both are pretty sweet and often contain bits of sesame seeds, walnuts, peanuts, or wild sesame seeds. 

Shape 

Oval-Shaped Gohei Mochi

Gohei Mochi comes in various shapes, but the rice cake mostly has a sandal-like or a flat oval shape.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 五平餅 )

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

1 Response

  1. OzBurger says:

    These look great, but the Gohei Mochi look like ice cream bars…

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