3 Easy Ways to Eat Mochi Rice Cakes Deliciously
“Mochi (餅)”, also called “O-mochi (お餅)”, is a traditional Japanese food fairly well-recognized in many countries. As you may know, it is a plain white rice cake made by pounding steamed glutinous rice, known as a winter food in Japan.
In general, the pounded rice is dried and cut into easy-to-eat rectangular pieces, which are sold in packages, especially during the cold winter months. Not only available in grocery stores but in Japan, Mochi is sometimes made in households as well.
In fact, some Japanese home appliance makers, such as Panasonic, manufacture and sell bread makers by which users can also make Mochi rice cake.
There is such a bread maker in my house, so today my family actually made Mochi rice cake using that machine. Only with glutinous rice called “Mochi Gome (餅米)”, Mochi can easily be made using the machine at home.
How to Eat Mochi Rice Cake, Easily and Deliciously
And these are Mochi dishes made from the rice cake. From the photo above, how do you think they are cooked? Actually, both of the 2 recipes are very simple.
In addition to them, today I will introduce one more easy recipe using Mochi rice cake, all of which are easy and delicious Mochi dishes that represent Japan’s winter season.
The Mochi packs sold online usually comes in dried form. So as preparation, you need to steam and soften the rice cakes like the following,
- First, bring plenty of water in a pot to a boil
- Once it boils, turn off the heat and entirely immerse a few pieces of Mochi rice cakes in the hot water until soft, about a few minutes
- When they become soft enough, take them out from the pot
Now, using those steamed rice cakes, let’s get the cooking started! First off, Oroshi Mochi.
(Note that cooked Mochi rice cake is chewy, stretchy, and very sticky, so please be cautious not to choke on it.)
Oroshi Mochi (おろし餅)
“Oroshi Mochi (おろし餅)” is a Mochi dish using grated Daikon radish. In its name, “Oroshi (おろし)” means grating something, so in this case, Oroshi stands for grated Daikon. The basic way to make Oroshi Mochi is really simple and easy as follows.
- Put steamed Mochi rice cakes and plenty of grated Daikon radish together in a large bowl
- Season them with soy sauce
- Add some sugar to taste and enjoy!
Kinako Mochi (きな粉餅)
Next, Kinako Mochi, which is one of the most common Mochi dishes in Japan. As you may already know, “Kinako (きな粉)” is roasted soybean flour, which is most commonly used for Mochi rice cake in Japan. The basic way to prepare Kinako Mochi is also simple.
- Place steamed Mochi cakes on a large plate and coat with plenty of Kinako powder
- Sprinkle some sugar and a pinch of salt
- Ready to eat!
Isobe Maki Mochi (磯部巻き餅)
Lastly, Isobe Maki Mochi. In its name, “Isobe Maki (磯部巻き)” refers to the dish wrapped up in a dry sheet of Nori (laver) seaweed. Therefore, Isobe Maki Mochi is a dish consisting of a Mochi rice cake wrapped in a dry sheet of Nori. As you can guess by now, it is very easy to make Isobe Maki Mochi.
- Drizzle some soy sauce on a steamed Mochi rice cake
- Wrap the Mochi in a sheet of Nori seaweed
- Enjoy Isobe Maki Mochi!