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Brettskyone
« on: February 22, 2008 09:15:29 AM »

Okay so this is my one of my first times venturing far from the crochet forums but i figured this might be the best place to get some answers.

Mochi/ Mochi balls? what are they exactly i have been told that they are icecream kind of... and that they are a rice flour ball. so which are they?
i have never really heard of these until i heard of Pinkberry. I live in South Florida, a good solid hour with no traffic from Miami beach, so going to any of the "nicer" Japanese restaurants that offer them is out of the question.

If i must i will make them to figure out what exactly they are, thats what led me here.

if you know a simple recipe than i would love to try it out.
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FrogPuddle
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008 02:47:22 PM »

im not sure of a recipe, but trader joe's and your local asian grocery store carry them.  Worth trying!
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perianmellon
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008 04:30:48 PM »

Mochi is actually rice pounded into... well its kind of a sticky mess at first : p it can be sweetened to fill with things like ice cream or sweet red beans or kept unsweetened and toasted for adding into nabemono (pot dishes like sukiyaki, etc)

It's traditional in Japan to make mochi at New Years as an offering, like so: http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y135/Pandabonium/bonium/Kagami-mochi.jpg

I've only ever made it with my host family in Japan, and it was an intense (and seemingly dangerous) process.  It basically takes two people, one with a huge hammer, who alternate rearranging the rice/dough and pounding it with a hammer.  Here's my fiance making some mochi at my friend's host family's house:



You can supposedly make it from mochiko (mochi flour), which can be found in most asian grocery's, but I haven't had too much luck this way.  If you can make it to Trader Joe's, their mochi ice cream is really good. 

Just a quick warning, mochi is slightly dangerous since its sticky and hard to eat.  I wouldn't feed it to little children or the elderly.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008 04:49:24 PM »

Oh lord, mochi is soooooo good!  It's like little bites of happiness.  Cheesy  They're ice cream with a jelly-ish? substance on the outside.  Strange at first, but so addictive. I've tried the bean before but I much prefer the chocolate or strawberry. 

I don't know of a recipe, I only buy them ready-made, and reading the previous comment it doesn't seem worth it.

In SFL I'd try to go to Whole Foods or Wild Oats, I doubt Publix will carry them.   
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008 05:08:29 PM »

Here's the wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mochi

I've had it with red bean inside or with a crushed peanut sugar mixture inside. Sometimes the outside are covered with coconut or rice flour to keep it from sticking to each other. My mom makes the Chinese style ones where it's steamed after it's shaped.

It also comes filled with ice cream.. soooo good. We buy those. =)

pics of mochi ice cream:
http://www.easyeats.org/blog/images/0511/mochi2.jpg
http://www.usmenuguide.com/oz/web%20mochi.jpg
these mochi looks like the ones my mom makes:
http://d0.biggestmenu.com/00/00/4c/320dbdaefb8bbd19_m.jpg

So what does mochi have to do with pinkberry? i LOVE pinkberry but it's so expensive!
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008 04:58:09 AM »

Here's the wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mochi

I've had it with red bean inside or with a crushed peanut sugar mixture inside. Sometimes the outside are covered with coconut or rice flour to keep it from sticking to each other. My mom makes the Chinese style ones where it's steamed after it's shaped.

It also comes filled with ice cream.. soooo good. We buy those. =)

pics of mochi ice cream:
http://www.easyeats.org/blog/images/0511/mochi2.jpg
http://www.usmenuguide.com/oz/web%20mochi.jpg
these mochi looks like the ones my mom makes:
http://d0.biggestmenu.com/00/00/4c/320dbdaefb8bbd19_m.jpg

So what does mochi have to do with pinkberry? i LOVE pinkberry but it's so expensive!



i have been tolde that Pinkberry something wthi mochi balls shaved ice and stuff that you can get.



 abd to the person that suggested whole foods i will be searching today if i have time,


Are they shelf stable at the store or in the frezer/ fridge section?
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008 07:29:21 AM »

The mochi ice cream is in the freezer section.  I honestly didn't know there was another form until I read this thread!  Lips sealed
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2008 10:24:57 AM »

While this is obviously NOT what you are looking for... I wanted to share a link that's somewhat related. In Hawaii, a popular dish is Poi Mochi. An interesting combination of Hawaiian and Asian foods:

http://www.poico.com/artman/publish/article_24.php

They are delicious. (Though I rarely eat them because they are deep fried.)
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008 06:39:01 PM »

no mochi is just the sticky part not ice cream or the red bean paste although you can get it with these in it! You can go to a small lil oriental market and look in the fridge section.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008 04:35:54 AM »

my dad usually just mixes the rice flour thiny with some water until ti comes together and then adds red bean paste in the middle, after that he boils it in some water with a little bit more sugar. or sometimes he steams it with red bean paste in the middle inside of a square baking pan(though its harder to get out).
here is a interview of a lady doing some microwave mochi. http://starbulletin.com/2002/08/07/features/story1.html hope that helps.
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