Fortunately, I flew back to the Big Island this past summer and made sure that I stopped by to try out their Japanese mochi, and as much as I could possibly try without doing much damage before my wedding day. My wedding day was the following day.
Okay, lemme rewind...
What's mochi? According to Wikipedia:
Back to the story...
We drove 2 hours from the Kona side to get to the Hilo side. It took us a few loops around the vicinity to find it because there wasn't a big fancy sign, as what I expected to find.
Open the screen door, and walk inside. On the counter is their menu of about 20 varieties of mochi and manju, and also a variety pack, pictured left, that you can just purchase and be on your merry way. I decided to order my custom box of mochi - with 20 pieces. Yes, I'm a piggy.
I also wanted to try this strawberry mochi that I've read on many food blogs and websites that you must try it. I was so heartbroken when they told me they were sold out for the day. My heart stopped beating for a moment, and I almost teared. (I don't know why I'm so passionate about food) I didn't even bother to fight it (tried to keep my New Yorker self checked back home). So I walked out of the bakery sad, as I was told to come back in about 20 minutes so they could hand make/roll all the mochi I ordered.
Strolling around Hilo, I was so bummed about it. Was it worth it to drive back another day just for this strawberry mochi? So, 20 minutes passed and I walked into the bakery. They handed me two boxes. Had me wondering why I had two boxes. The ladies felt bad for me, and they surprised me with 2 strawberry mochi - made just for me. Was it my enthusiasm for mochi? Me taking photos of mochi? Me modeling under their store logo with my iPhone? I dunno, but Woo hoo! I was pumped! Just like a kid in a candy store.
Oh, I did develop a little mochi belly over 24 hours - it shows in my wedding photos. =)
Bad news - you cannot bring the strawberry mochi to the mainland since we are not allowed to bring fresh fruits back.
Two Ladies Kitchen
274 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
Hours: Wed — Sat
11am to 5pm