The Taiwanese traditional mochi requires pounding cooked sweet rice into dough, and that is just a pain to make. The Japanese style mochi are similar enough and just as delicious. Taiwanese kids love them as well!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
1.5 cup sweet rice flour
1.5 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup regular flour
red bean paste
peanut powder with sugar
black sesame powder with sugar
- Mix the sweet rice flour with sugar in a large glass bowl
- Add water to the mixture and mix until it turns into a sticky dough
- Cover the glass bowl with a moist towel and microwave for 10 mins
- The dough should turn semi-clear.Let the dough cool
- Dust your hands with flour and start wrapping the dough over a tablespoon of stuffing
- Coat each mochi with flour, or coconut flakes, or peanut powder
To differentiate the different stuffing, you can coat the mochi accordingly, or simply place the mochi on color coded paper. You can even add food coloring to the mochi before cooking to color code them. For example, red mochi is stuffed with red beans, peanut coated mochi is stuffed with peanut powder, coconut coated mochi is stuffed with sesame, etc.
For purchasing ingredients at the Oriental market, it's best to ask for help. Let them know that the ingredients are for making mochi, and they should be able to show you the correct ones, since many of them are labeled in Chinese.
The sweet rice dough hardens overnight, therefore make and eat them right away! It's even fun for the kids to make them!