Friday, September 28, 2007

Strawberry Mochi

Here is something sweet to end the week with. Mochi!

I seem to be inspired alot by other bloggers. LOL. This is another recipe that I took from Little Corner of mine. Just seeing that picture that she took made me think about mochi for days! I proceeded to the local Oriental store, gather up my ingredients, roll up my sleeves (literally) and did it!

Simple, sweet and delicious.

Mochi or Daifuku is a wonderful way to end your meal with. This microwave method is SO easy that it would be a crime if I didn't attempt it!

That same week, I bought big fat juicy red strawberries. No kiddin! It was HUGE. I read Hugbear's post on using strawberries in mochi so I decided to experiment with it I thought why not give it a go- wrap some red bean paste around huge strawberry and then cover it with a layer of mochi skin. I was pleasantly surprised when I cut it in half. The colours are beautiful!

So excited I was that I proceeded to make a SECOND batch of mochi straight away. This time round, I rolled balls of red bean paste on a plate of sesame seeds. As for the mochi batter- I added a teaspoon of cocoa powder. VoiLA! Sesame Red Bean Mochi! Unfortunately I ran out of dark cocoa powder and used the drinking chocolate kind. The chocolate taste was barely there but the sesame seeds gave it a great taste. Well, I thought that the colour matches the red bean paste well.

I made another batch the week after as well... see, I can't get enough of them.

Recipe adapted from Little Corner and Hugbear:

1 cup glutinous rice flour
1/2 tsp. green tea powder - I increased it to 1 tsp as it wasn't strong enough. Perhaps the quality of the green tea powder wasn't as good.
180ml water
1/4 cup sugar

Red bean paste for filling
Cornstarch for dusting


1. In a glass bowl, combine flour, green tea powder and water. Stir to mix well. Then add in the sugar, stir till sugar dissolved.

2. Cover with a plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and stir well. Return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir-well and check for doneness. If not, put it back for another 30 seconds, be careful not to burn it. In most cases, the first 30 seconds after the initial 2 mins should be enough.

3. Wrap filling around strawberries.

4. Flour the working surface with cornstarch and use a spoon to drop a ball of mochi on top and quickly cover it with starch. Divide into 8 or 10 pieces. Wrap the strawberry red bean filling inside and cover with more cornstarch. Shape into balls. Moisten if necessary to close the edges. Pop in your mouth and enjoy!

5. If you are storing it in the fridge, microwave mochi for about 10-20 seconds. 3 days is probably the maximum you can keep it as it hardens after that.


Kelly Mahoney said...

Another great shot! Looks delicious and so fresh.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah!!..i want some also..didnt know its so easy wor..

Cris said...

Hi Daphne! Love the different flavors in your blog! The poppyseed muffins caught my attention, I have a problem with poppyseed recipes... I just can't get enough of them, because I love them! :-)

tigerfish said...

Oh, you are so motivated! I would have just gone to a store to buy mochi. :O

Nice mochi you have with generous fillings.

culinaryprincess said...

Strawberry+red bean!I've never tried that combo before..i just saw mochis in the Asian store an hour ago and my housemate was soo tempted to buy them but they looked a bit stale. Must tell her about this recipe.

Mansi Desai said...

the pic is so cool!! Id love to try one! I've had red bean desert before, so i know this one will be great!

Big Boys Oven said...

OMG! those, no, no... I meant those strawberries inside the mochi... so colorful red invitng. Such a devil mochi... lol! well done.

daphne said...

kelly- thanks =) It makes a difference when it's fresh.

Joe-ya! very easy. I was surprised too.

cris-hehe. i know! I love poppyseeds too. Love the texture.

Tigerfish-it's hard to find good mochi here leh. And all packaged kind.

Culinary princess- please do! let me know how it went/

Manso Desao= thanks!! oh, u hv to try one. It's a great dessert and one that is low fat too! hehehe

big boys oven- YA! Those strawberries! SO YUMMY. I'm so addicted to them man.

teckiee said...

goshh those looks damn good! ...haven had time to blog surf lately... i missing out all these goodies!

Little Corner of Mine said...

You did it! Yay! You gave me an idea also, add some toasted sesame seeds into the red bean paste. Great idea! Thanks!

SteamyKitchen said...

I LOVE MOCHI!!! esp strawberry.

rita bellnad said...

I stock up too much glutinous rice flour in my pantry,, I know what to with them ^_^ thanks for the idea. your mochi looks soo good !

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