We’re huge fans of Trader Joe’s – the quirky grocery chain offers incredible quality at very reasonable prices. But real Joe-heads know that it’s not just the staples that get you in the door, but their specialty items. Their kale gnocchi is justifiably famous, and their peanut butter cups are the best on the market. And now they’re catching our interest with a very strange combination of Asian foods that sounds delicious.
The Trader Joe’s Kung Pao chicken mochi balls are probably the least authentic Asian combination you could imagine. Kung Pao chicken is a dish from the Sichuan province of China made with cubed chicken, hot peppers and peanuts. It’s one of the more popular dishes to be Westernized and you can find it at most American Chinese eateries.
Mochi is a soft rice cake, sort of like a dumpling, from Japanese cuisine. It’s made from flour that is pounded to be glutinous and often eaten as a dessert, but can also be enjoyed in soups and other dishes.
Trader Joe’s combines the two, creating a chicken, vegetable and spice core wrapped in a chewy, crispy rice crust. We have to say, they look pretty delicious, and as part of our mission to try every ball-shaped food on the market we’ll head down to TJs and pick up a box as soon as we can.
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