A new year. A new beginning. I am not fond of making new year resolution because that just set me up to disappointment if I do not succeed. However, there are certain plans I have in mind and must be pursued this year. Now all I need is some motivation…
On New Year’s Day, my mom and I took the bus to Mitsuwa Market, a giant supermarket in NJ that solely sell all types of Japanese goods and of course, food. On this special holiday, they hosted an annual mochi pounding event. Mochi is traditionally made and eaten on New Year’s Day in Japan. After the mochi was pounded continuously with an utmost force, balls were rolled and paired with a red bean sauce. People lined up to receive this special treat as the mochi was shared to the public. The chewy, yet surprisingly not very sticky mochi was flavorless, so the red bean sauce gave this delicacy a bit of sweetness. Hopefully, eating mochi would bring us all good luck! 🙂
After browsing through the aisles of goodies in the supermarket, mom and I finally stopped by for a real meal. Soba is also traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve as a symbol of longevity and good luck. So of course, we had to order a bowl of hot soba. As a lover of matcha, we could not leave this place without a matcha dessert. The slice of cake was not too sweet nor overly ‘grassy’, as sometimes matcha could be subjected to. At $3.50 per slice, that concluded our daytrip quite satisfyingly.