かようび - Lesson 9 Culture Discussion Due Today!
もち を たべた こと が ありますか。 Have you ever eaten mochi?
もち is basically a dough made from pounded white rice. It's pretty sticky and glutinous and tastes kind of plain. There are lots of ways to prepare mochi, both sweet and savory.
One of my favorite mochi-based sweets is さくらもち, which is eaten in the springtime. It is especially nice for はなみ.
さくらもち are made with mochi (the kind in the picture to the right is pretty roughly made - not a very smooth pasty mochi) and are flled with あんこ, or sweet red bean paste. Then, they are wrapped with a さくら leaf. The sakura leaves that are used for sakura mochi have been pickled or brined and are edible! Sometimes the もち is colored with red rice (like the kind in the picture above) or sometimes just food coloring!
さくらもち を たべてください！
Anko is sweet red bean paste - red あずき (azuki) beans are stewed in water and sugar to create this!
Kinako is a powder made of roasted soybeans. Its flavor is very nutty。It reminds me of peanuts!
きなこもち と あんこもち
Anko and Kinako are common ingredients to find on top of mochi! They are some simple traditional desserts of Japan.
What Are the Basics of a Mochi Recipe?
- If you start with sticky rice - it needs to be pounded to create mochi!
- If you start with mochiko flour, all you need to do is add water!
Here are a few recipes to give you some inspiration:
Mochi Pizza: http://cookpad.com/recipe/3738503 (Japanese)
Mochi Ice Cream: http://www.justonecookbook.com/mochi-ice-cream/
NUTELLA Mochi: http://www.otakufood.com/easy-nutella-mochi/
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