Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice, which is pounded into a paste and molded, usually into a round shape. Mochi can be consumed as is or can be filled, frequently with sweet fillings such as marmalade or with ice cream.
Mochi is typically consumed for Japanese New Year. The process of making mochi by pounding glutinous rice is said to originate in China and expanded into Japan.
Mochi is often mispronounced as moe-key or moh-key in English speaking countries. However, both these pronunciations are mistaken. The correct pronunciation of mochi in Japanese is moh-chee. The first syllable, -moh, is pronounced with an open "o" that produces an "oh" sound. The second syllable is pronounced with a normal "ch" sound, as in English. After that, the "i" produces an "ee" sound.