Growing up I used to make these steamed rice balls at home, small and chewy mochi balls stuffed with a molten filling of sweet black sesame bean paste. Heaven! But here in New York, you can find me at Shanghai Cafe with at least two orders of their very fine Black Sesame Rice Balls. Take a tiny bite to open the mochi and let the slow flowing river of the black sesame ooze out—what a sight. Once they cool off a little you can pop the whole mochi in your mouth. $2.95 for a five-piece order, each rice ball dusted in crushed peanut powder. A serious bargain.
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