Japan’s Entry Into World Famous Food
Jose Mier Gastronomy has yet another entry on the list of the most popular foods in the world. This one comes from Japan and it’s mochi ice cream balls. You may have had these on occasion but if not they’re a lot of fun. Mochi is a glutenous rice cake which in this instance is used as the outer wrapper for balls of ice cream.
If you haven’t tried these treats this is a good opportunity. Mochi doesn’t always have to be used like it is in this dessert but this is probably the most well-known use of it especially here in United States. The glutenous rice cake is gummy and chewy and when it surrounds a ball of ice cream the combination is outstanding.
These used to be kind of a delicacy that you could only find an Asian markets but now I’ve seen them in my local grocery store. If you can’t find them it’s a great opportunity to try making them yourself in it’s pretty easy as it turns out. This recipe from biggerbolderbaking.com shows you how it’s done. As you can see there are only a few ingredients: sugar, water, rice flour and for coloring. Create the rice cake or wrapper by zapping some rice flour in the microwave to which you’ve added some food coloring and roll it out on a sheet. You’ll use this thin layer of rice cake to wrap balls of your favorite ice cream flavor.
As I said it’s pretty easy but here in Sun Valley, California I’ve seen it at my local Ralph’s grocery store so if I don’t want to take the time to make it I know I can pick it up Close by. As I said if you don’t have any available in your area it’s simple to make so why not give it a try?