Do you like the salty and crunchy?
Do you like the QQ-ness of mochi?
Do you like the chewy and crispy?
Yes, yes, and yes?
Well then, my friend, get thee quickly to Cloverleaf Bakery. And order up yourself a big box of their Peanut Mochi Bread.
What is Peanut Mochi Bread, you ask?
Well, it's a ball of soft, chewy mochi, that's embedded with crunchy peanuts (with a hint of salt), encased in a buttery pillow of soft and chewy bread.
Pick it up, tap on it a bit and it almost sounds like you're knocking on a chestnut, and it smells almost as delectable as a freshly roasted one.
Then you take a bite. And you can feel your knees weaken.
You hear the crunch of the bready outlayer, which sounds surprisingly reminiscent of that first bite of the crust of a pie from Pizzeria Mozza. Then the chewy smooth texture of the mochi meets your lips, and then as you chew that first bite everything just comes together -- the bread, the mochi, the peanuts -- into one great synergistic nirvanic moment.
It's almost too good to swallow.
Available after noon, line forms at 6 a.m. and wristbands handed out after 9 a.m. (ok, kidding about the lines and wristbands, but not the noon part).
9475 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City
(cross street is Cloverly, faces a Ralph market and in the same strip mall as Won Won Kitchen)