PETALING JAYA, Sept 10 — Thinking out of the box is often needed when you’re faced with obstacles while doing business. That’s how No. 81 Mochi — a stall selling mua chee in Petaling Street — pivoted their delivery model with the lockdown.
In an interview with New Straits Times, No. 81 Mochi explained that they opened at the popular tourist spot downtown about four years ago.
Run by Yoyo Lee’s family, their recipe goes back to the 1970s where it was passed down from Yoyo’s grandmother who got it from her parents.
Initially it was only made to be given to friends but became the backbone of their stall.
With the movement restrictions, operations were disrupted and they started doing takeaway and self pick-up from their Petaling Jaya home.
In July this year, Yoyo developed the Mochi Moments Kit (RM10). The kit allows you to “make” your own treat at home. You get the dough and toppings which you combine and hand cut yourself.
The fun part is hand cutting the mochi in small pieces and tossing it in the toasted peanuts or ground black sesame seeds. This replicates that visual you see when you buy at the stall… that hand cutting of the soft slightly sticky dough before it is rolled in peanuts.
Besides the original flavour, they also have pandan and orange flavoured dough. These recipes were developed after many months since tweaking the flavours may comprise the consistency of the dough.
The pandan version has a light flavour while the orange has a hint of the fruit taste after you chew on the mochi a bit.
If you prefer not to be hands on, they also offer ready-made mochi where you pay RM5 for a box.
I had fun assembling my mochi and what I really liked was the fact it felt freshly made. The dough was softer than the ready-made versions too.
It’s a good exercise to bond as a family too as one family member can pour out the peanuts or sesame seeds, while another cuts the dough to toss in it.
Even though they offer delivery, I did a self pick-up. What I really liked was how they prepare the dough just before you take it away, keeping it super fresh.
It’s best if you consume everything the same day but for the Mochi Moments Kit, you can keep it till 12pm the next day. Just don’t refrigerate it or else the texture will be compromised.
It’s easy to place an order. You can just contact them via WhatsApp a day before to indicate what you want. The menu has codes for the various combinations so it is easier to identify. Just place the order by their cut-off time which is 3pm.
They can arrange for delivery to your home if you like, provided you pay for the charges. If you wish, you can also arrange to pick up the mochi yourself.