Sicko Santa - Day 11

"Green Tea you can chew...and chew...and chew... "

Once again the Elves were faced with a challenge from Elf I's excursions. Today's challenge was a new experience for all the Elves - for none of them had ever had reason to seek out Green Tea Mochi.

A quick trip out to Wikipedia fills in some of our cultural blanks: Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into shape.

Wiki also reveals this factoid, one which none of the Elves were aware of at the time of the challenge: "Mochi is very sticky and somewhat tricky to eat. After each new year, it is reported in the Japanese media how many people die from choking on mochi. The victims are usually elderly. Because it is so sticky it is difficult to dislodge via the Heimlich maneuver."

The Elves were playing with their lives and never even knew it.

The mochi were passed around, and...hesitantly...the elves all sampled them. Elf L commented that "they would be a lot better without this power coating - what is this, flour?"

Elf K once again provided a good summary for the experience: "I'm not quite sure what I'm eating here. The taste is...I don't really know. What the heck is this?" Reminded that it was "Green Tea Mochi" Elf M quipped "Huh. Chewy tea. It's okay, I guess."

Elf L also had a hard time deciding: "Yeah - I'm not sure if I like it or not. It's...different."

All the elves agreed the texture was strange and none to pleasant, but there was no horror or revulsion expressed around the table. Mostly it was mild confusion at being exposed to a food completely outside their normal experience.

Overall Elf Evaluation:

I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but I really don't want any more of it.

Click to move on to the next challenge!


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