Once a year my family gets together to have lunch, and make Mochi. It's a pretty involved process, and much easier to do with a large group of helpers! Once the Mochi is made, there are a bunch of ways to eat it... here's my favorite way...
Mochi with Daikon and Dashi
Makes 1 serving
- 2 pieces of Mochi (can be purchased frozen at many Japanese markets)
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon Dashi*
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated Daikon radish
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
Preheat broiler. Lightly oil a foil lined baking sheet. place frozen or fresh Mochi on the oiled baking sheet. Broil until it's golden brown, then flip each piece over. Broil the other side until golden brown. While the Mochi is toasting Mix Dashi with hot water and soy sauce. Add more or less water to taste.
Put the cooked Mochi in a bowl. Mix the grated Daikon and ginger into the broth and pour over the Mochi. Eat it while it's hot!
Optionally, you can serve this with chopped scallions and slices of Kamaboko (steamed fish cake).
* Dashi is a soup base found in most Asian markets.