Mochi, a delicious whole grain food, is made from a glutinous, high-protein variety of rice called sweet rice. The sweet rice is soaked, steamed, and pounded, then it is allowed to dry until it is firm enough to slice.
Shiitake is one of the Orientís most exotic and delicious foods. Itís delicate, yet wild, woodsy taste adds a gourmet flair to almost any dish. Moreover, all eight amino acids are present in a ratio similar to the "ideal" protein for human nutrition. Shiitake is rich in the amino acids leucine and lysine, which are deficient in many grains. It is also a good source of vitamin B.
Tekka is a traditional Japanese condiment which is delicious sprinkled on brown rice and other whole grains. It is made by carefully cooking hearty root vegetables for several hours, together with natural Hatcho miso, until a richly flavourful, concentrated powder is formed.