Imomochi (Hokkaido-Style Potato Cake)
The origin of Imo-Mochi dates back to late 1800's, when exploration of Hokkaido island started in earnest. Unfortunately, at that time, rice was barely cultivated on the island and Mochi, rice cake, could not be made. Therefore they used potatoes, which were abundant on the island, to make an alternative. Imo-Mochi was an important source of protein and carbohydrate for the pioneers to survive the severe climate and heavy physical labor. Today it has become one of the snack icons of Hokkaido and is enjoyed by many locals and tourists.