Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Girls Just Wanna Have Yum

Sugar and rice and everything nice. That’s what the tastiest Girl’s Day treats are made of.

Too bad your Japanese cooking skills stop at hurricane popcorn and instant ramen.
 To help you fake it ‘till you, ahem, make it, we’ve hunted down quite possibly the easiest mochi recipe (the traditional Doll Festival snack) known to woman. 

Completely oishii, it requires no less than a whopping nine minutes of cook time and only four ingredients.

Talk about a rice cake walk.


Microwave Mochi
2 cups mochiko (rice flour)
¾ cup sugar
2 cups water
1 can tsubushian (sweetened red azuki bean paste)

Mix the mochiko, sugar, and water with a drop of red food coloring in a microwaveable bowl. Cover. Microwave on HIGH for 9 minutes. Spread potato starch on plastic cutting board. Divide mochi into 18 pieces. Flatten each piece and fill it with ½ teaspoon of tsubushian. Pinch the edges together around the end to seal. Shape into patties and dust with potato starch.

Recipe excerpted with permission from "Girl’s Day in Hawai’i with Yuki-chan," by Tokie Ikeda Ching (Mutual Publishing). To purchase or for more info, click here .

Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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