Epic Mochi Fail

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My swim instructor had mentioned that he had tried making mochi before and it didn’t turn out well. I’ve watched a good number of Japanese cooking videos and thought I might be able to pull it off. However I hate red bean with a passion so I opted for the plain sweet mochi recipe. Lets just say that it’s not as easy to master as it looks… >_>;

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The sugar didn’t fully melt into the dough and was burning even with me lowering the heat and constantly stirring it. I ended up with little blobs that were ridiculously sticky, hard to handle, grainy and just massively sweet. (2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of sweet rice flour.) Trash can…

I’m not planning on attempting this recipe again however if I see any tips or tricks I may be persuaded…

Have you ever made mochi before?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

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Mochi Icecream – Cooking With Dog

Ah, mochi icecream, how I love you so! I’ve mentioned it in my blog posts Mochi Icecream! and Japanese Snacks and a Daruma but here is an actual video on how to make it by the Youtube channel CookingWithDog. I haven’t tried making it myself – though I’m really tempted!

Does anyone know where to get sweet rice flour locally?

 

Facebook Fried Rice

A few days ago someone had shared an easy recipe for fried rice on Facebook. This recipe is so easy that even I can make it! 🙂 (Sorry about the blurry progress photos – I chose the best available.)

PREPARE RICE

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Boil 2 c water. Add 1 tbs of margarine.

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Measure 1 c rice

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Stir in rice

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Cover and Simmer your rice for 15 minutes

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Set aside.

Stir-fry Vegetables

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Heat pan and add 3 tbsp of sesame oil. Chop one small onion and stir-fry to translucency.

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Add 1 cup of (thawed) peas and carrots (I added broccoli too). Stir-fry to preference.

Adding Egg

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Lightly beat 2 eggs

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Shove your vegetables to the side and add the egg. Make sure to scramble!

Pulling it Together

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Measure out a 1/4 cup of Soy sauce

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Add the rice and soy sauce to the pan. Mix thoroughly and fry to desired texture.

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Voila! It’s done!

It was really easy and I had all the ingredients on hand! I also think it tastes way better than the fried rice at the local Chinese buffet. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Japanese Bento~!

An oldie but goodie from Cooking With Dog! 🙂 If you haven’t watched any videos from this YouTube channel you must go now! I have followed along with this video before (when it was new) and my favorite and most successfully recreated part of the bento was the potato salad! After my initial taste test I whipped up a large batch for my family and they loved it too! Japanese potato salad for the win!

Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat

I’ve owned Naomi Moriyama’s cookbook since 2007 and this is first time I’ve actually seen this video!

The introduction was quite captivating which compelled me to buy the book and inspired my heroic effort to make several recipes from it. However, the ingredients called for in most of her recipes were unfamiliar and unavailable locally. (I had to Google almost all the ingredients) On top of that it was my first time making Japanese cuisine let alone tasting it… So yeah. I gave up.

Since I abandoned the book I’ve had a lot more success from following along with the YouTube channel “CookingWithDog” and the book “Let’s Cook Japanese Food” by Amy Kaneko.

“Good luck in the kitchen!”
-Anna