Get Yer “Q” On!

23 05 2009
Customer

This woman clearly wants to get her “Q” on! “Q” is the Taiwanese way of referring to the chewy texture that’s often found in local foods. It’s a mouth feel that’s more resistant than a marshmallow, but more pliable than licorice. All-in-all, it’s a texture your teeth will dig.

I can tell this woman wants to get her “Q” on (I’m hereby coining that phrase) because she’s buying “moichi” (麻糬) — a naughty little treat that’s made of glutinous rice and coated in peanut powder, sesame powder and sugar. No, it’s not good for you, but your tastebuds will thank you. And oh what fun it is to let your teeth ply through the resistant gooey “QQ-ness” (yes, the Taiwanese double up the “Q” if necessary).

After the jump, you’ll find pictures of the final product plus a cool shot of the mechanism on the cart that makes the ubiquitous clicking sound that is the moichi man’s version of ice-cream truck music.

The moichi man takes a little glutinous rice pattie and dunks it in the peanut powder (right) then in the sesame/sugar mixture (middle). Then it's deposited in a small sandwich baggy and toothpicks are provided.

The moichi man takes a little glutinous rice pattie and dunks it in the peanut powder (right) then in the sesame/sugar mixture (middle). Then it's deposited in a small sandwich baggy and toothpicks are provided.

Awww, yeah! That's ones ready to be dropped in the hatch. Do not pass go, proceed directly to mouth.

Awwww, yeah. This one's primed and ready to be dropped in the hatch.

This is the mechanism on the moichi cart that makes the clicking sound. Without it, how would we ever find the moichi man? Thanks, smart moichi cart motor!

This is the mechanism on the moichi cart that makes the clicking sound. Without it, how would we ever find the moichi man? Thanks, smart moichi cart motor!

Listen to a full program about “Getting Yer Q On” plus an interview with the moichi man on the May 23, 2009 edition of Feast Meets West. Click on one of the tiny links next to “Saturday” on the upper-left-hand corner of the Radio Taiwan International website. The link is good for one week.

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3 responses

26 05 2009
free4dezign

look yummy for us,,,,,mmmmmm???

26 05 2009
taiwandroo

TOTALLY yummy. I’d highly recommend a bag of these. But not if you are stopped up.

10 08 2009
momo

Delicious!! something about the roadside stalls/trucks that bring such amazing street-food culture!!

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