Recipe by Crystella
Sticky, chewy mochi Taiwanese/Japanese style. All you need is a microwave! Recipe can be multiplied, but I usually just make a small batch.
Top Review by 927301
yummy, very sticky, but manageable. only makes about 6-7 smallish mochi, so if you've bothered to make a kilo/2lbs of red bean paste, you're going to need to multipy the recipe considerably!! also, i only needed to stir the dough for about 30 seconds til the lumps were gone. i only microwaved for 2.5 minutes and kneaded the dough for 2 minutes (wrap the ziploc bag containing the hot dough in a towel to be able to start kneading straight away). greased scissors or knife is a MUST. also, i filled mine with homemade red bean paste (pretty good); others with flaked, roasted almonds and brown sugar, then rolled the balls in toasted sesame seeds... REALLY good! nice recipe, but quite a lot of work. the great thing is it's cheap, fun, and you probably already have the ingredients at home :)
- 7 tablespoons glutinous-rice flour (can be mochiko, but I used a Thai brand)
- 5 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts (best if skinned, too)
Directions See How It's Made
- In a bowl (I use a souffle-size bowl, around 2 cups) stir together the rice flour and sugar.
- While mixing with a spoon or small stiff spatula, pour in the boiling water.
- Stir in clockwise direction until the lumps disappear, and the batter is slightly elasticky, about 2 minutes (note: it will become difficult to stir, but try your best anyway!).
- Cover the container with plastic wrap, and microwave on HIGH for 2-4 minutes, depending on your microwave.
- Meanwhile, grease a ziploc bag well.
- Invert the bag (oil side out), and remove the mochi from the bowl into the bag (you can let it cool a bit before you do this, but the more you cool it, the harder the bowl will become to clean =/). Don't burn yourself!
- While the mochi is still warm, start kneading. To knead: Stretch and flatten the dough inside the bag with the palm of your hand, then pick up the bag at one corner, shake it so that it rolls into a ball again, then repeat. You can also knead it by placing the mochi into a greased bowl, and knead it as you would a normal dough. Knead for about 7~10 minutes, or to the consistency (chewiness) you want.
- To prepare the coating: Process the peanuts in a blender or food processor, and spread the powder out in a plate. Do not add sugar to the coating! Because the sugar will dissolve with the moisture in the mochi, making it super sticky.
- Pull off a teaspoonful-sized mochi ball with your hand, and coat in peanut powder. Alternatively, if you prepared it inside a bag, cut off a 1/4" corner, and squeeze from the bag. Separate the balls with greased scissors, or with chopsticks =P.
- Variations: Instead of using a coating, you could also wrap sweet red bean paste inside the mochi for daifukus =).