may have seen anime characters eating things that look
like these. These are rice dumplings served on skewers
with a sauce made from sugar and soy sauce.
What you'll need:
For the dumplings:
of rice flour, maybe plus some more
3/4 cup warm
6" bamboo skewers
For the sauce:
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of
1 1/2 tablespoons of katakuriko (potato
1 1/2 tablespoons of water
Put the cup of rice flour in a bowl and add warm
water. Mix, then knead the dough well. If it's too wet,
add more rice flour. The dough is done when it reaches
an even, smooth texture. It won't become as stretchy
as dough made with wheat flour.
Shape the dough into round dumplings. Play around
with the sizes. I made some as small as a nickel and
some almost as big as a golf ball. The ones shown above
are about quarter-sized.
Grease the inside of your steamer with cooking spray,
then place the dumplings inside, spaced about an inch
apart to give them room to expand. Steam them on high
heat for 10 minutes. Then take them out and put them
on a rice-floured cutting board to cool down. These
things are sticky, so you don't want to leave
out the cooking spray or the flour on the cutting board,
trust me! When they're cooled, skewer them, three to
four per stick.
To make the sauce, mix the water, sugar, and soy
sauce in a pan, dissolving all the sugar, then cover
and heat it on medium heat. While that's warming
up, mix the water and potato starch in a separate cup.
When the sauce boils, add the starch-water and mix quickly.
The stuff will thicken up fast!
Slightly grill the skewered dumplings, then brush
or spoon the sauce over them.
The dumplings are soft and chewy when fresh. Refrigerating
or freezing them will make them hard and not-very-pleasant-textured,
but you can always microwave them for a half minute
on medium power to restore them to their chewy, yummy
uses for mochi dumplings
I've found you can use the steamed dumplings in at
least some of the ways you can use storebought mochi.
Eaten right after they're made, they're kinda mozzarella-cheesy.
You can dip them in soy sauce. And you can stick them
in a waffle iron and make little mochi waffles - and
use some of the leftover sauce to top 'em.