The Japanese rice cake known as "Mochi" is probably one of my favorite Japanese foods, soft and chewy you can eat it as it is or combine it in many different ways. In fact, the taste of a normal mochi is quite "basic" it doesn't taste to nothing in particular, but just like the tofu, it become delicious food when you combine it for example fulling it with anko, the Japanese Red bean sweet paste.
Mochi is made of a special variety of rice, the mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice, this rice is pounded into paste and molded into squares, Mochitsuki, or round form, Marumochi. Despite you can find mochi year-round it's a traditional Japanese New Year food and is commonly sold an eaten during that time. The preparation of mochi is quite simple, first the Polished glutinous rice ( mochigome ) is soaked overnight and cooked, then it's pounded in a traditional mortar. Two people will alternate, one turning and wetting the paste and the other pounding it. It's a trike job and they must keep a steady rhythm, just like this:
Although this is the traditional way, mochi can also be prepared with modern equipment. The sticky mass resultant is formed into sphere or squares. The mochi is used for preparing Ice cream, soup and Japanese traditional sweets, like the Daifuku, round mochi fill of red (and) or white bean paste, or Ichigo daifuku basically a mochi with a strawberry inside. If you knew this food you'll probably be familiar with the sweet versions of Mochi but as we told, mochi combines perfectly with other ingredients, and today we're going to give you the recipe for preparing mochi in a totally different way. Today we bring you the J-Subculture's Onigiri Mochi Recipe, you just need some mochi, nori sea weed and some soy sauce all abailable in J-Subculture today list!
The fist step is to toast your nori, this is an extremely easy step, you just need to put your nori in the oven and grill it for about 10 or 15 min, then set it aside. Now put a few drops of olive oil in a plate and extend it in this way we avoid the mochi to stick to it. We're going to use this plate to cook our mochi in the microwave, in 2 or 3 minutes the mochi will be soft enough for eating, if you think that your mochi needs more time, cook it for 1 or 2 minutes more. When the mochi gets soft and sticky, pour some soy sauce over it, place your mochi in your toasted nori, wrap it and enjoy!