The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Rice Cakes.
The Facts: A rice cake may be any kind of food item made from rice that has been shaped, condensed, or otherwise combined into a single object.
- Soft forms of rice cakes have been popular in Japan for hundreds of years. The rice cake called mochi was a sweet confection eaten by the nobility during the Nara Period from 710-794 A.D. when the Chinese greatly influenced Japanese culture.
- The first rice cakes were developed in Southeast Asia where rice has been grown for nearly 5,000 years.
- November 29th is National Rice Cake Day.
- Rice cake sales took off just as the mid-80s health craze began sweeping across the United States.
- A wide variety of rice cakes exist in many different cultures in which rice is eaten, and are particularly prevalent in Asia.
- Common variations include cakes made with rice flour, those made from ground rice, and those made from whole grains of rice compressed together or combined with some other binding substance.
- 20% of the world’s calories come from rice.
- An acre of rice contributes three times more protein to the worlds food supply than an acre of wheat or dairy farms.
Try out this fantastic Korean recipe for Spicy Tteokbokki (Spicy Long Rice Cake)