We’re on the Big Island today! Hilo side to be exact.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside…
…but step into Two Ladies Kitchen, this is serious mochi heaven.
Not just two ladies, but an army of ladies pounding and shaping mochi in the back kitchen.
A tiny space, just enough to stand and pick up orders.
And for that you’ll want to call in advance. Especially if you’re after their legendary Fresh Strawberry Mochi. It would be shameful to visit and not leave with a dozen…
…or two dozen strawberry mochi. The sweetest strawberries wrapped in soft tsubushi-an and fresh pounded mochi, bliss! Gotta bring some back for the family on Oahu.
But until then, they are best devoured on your lanai at the Waikoloa Resort. Now this is heaven.
Wait, there is more! Stawberry Mochi is their signature item, but for everyday eating there’s a whole collection of mochi to discover.
Start with Butter Mochi…I used to eat this daily! Bake a 9X13 tray on Sundays and cut a piece for breakfast (and another for afternoon school snack). Like cross between cake and mochi, chewy with buttery browned edges, corner piece is best.
The Tsunami Mochi, stuffed with tsubushi-an, three dimples to make a triangle.
Peach (Momo) Mochi – colored and shaped to look like a peach, filled with shiro-an.
Butterfly Mochi – filled with both koshi-an and white chocolate.
Kinako Mochi – no filling, just plain mochi dusted in kinako powder. This one is different from the “normal” mochi base in that it’s semi-clear, more jelly-esque as opposed to being soft and chewy.
Yomogi Mochi – filled with koshi-an and scented with mugwort leaves.
Chi Chi Mochi – usually all pink, but sometimes they change the colors. A plush, milk-flavored mochi. Take note, Chi Chi Dango.
Brownie Mochi – filled with a soft, house-baked brownie.
Definitely worth a detour next time you are in the Big Island. They keep strange hours so I’d advise calling ahead to: 1) make sure they’re open and 2) pre-order the strawberry mochi. Do read this 1998 Star Bulletin (now the Star Advertiser) article on Two Ladies Kitchen and the Uchida family…there’s no place else quite like this.
Two Ladies Kitchen
274 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720