Mochigome ( 糯米, もちごめ) is a type of short grain sticky rice. Generally the shorter the grain the stickier the rice, so this rice so small that it almost looks like spheres. It is often labeled as glutinous rice or sweet rice since it is often used in sweets, but the rice itself is not sweetened and it does not contain gluten. The term glutinous refers to the highly sticky nature of the rice when cooked. While it is often used in sweets, mochigome is often used in savory dishes as well.
Mochigome may be hard to find in your regular grocery store, and since it is used for the highly sticky nature of the rice, substitutions cannot be made without sacrificing the integrity of the dish. It can be found in Asian grocery stores or health food stores, or you can buy it online. Rice can be stored for a long time, so feel free to buy it in bulk and stock up!Buy on Amazon