Ever make mochi balls?

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by jellly, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. jellly

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    I love those little mochi balls you can get as a topping at most frozen yogurt places and would like to play around with the idea.  But, my internet search is bringing me a variety of recipes that don't really look like the mochi balls I am thinking of.

    Has anyone made these or is there even a more specific search term I should use to find the recipe online?  I have a great Asian market nearby, so I should be able to get the ingredients easily.
     
  2. amyp

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    You do mean Japanese mochi balls, right? I love them to pieces!

    Have you tried looking up youtube videos like this one here?

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo55230BiNY

    I think they will be a safer bet than looking up recipes on the internet because you should be able to see a genuine end result with most of the videos.
     
  3. chefpeon

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    It seems to me that Jellly is thinking of something besides the mochi balls you are thinking of, amyp. I don't go to frozen yogurt stores, so I don't know what the mochi balls are that Jellly's talking about, but I know what the ones are that you linked to on YouTube.

    Jellly, are you sure they're called mochi balls?
     
  4. rosesen

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    Maybe you are looking for little crunchy "Choco" balls? I believe they are also known as Milk Crunchies or Chocolate Crunchies: http://www.beryls.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=346_328&products_id=7966. These ones seems to be made from some sort of crunchy cereal inside.

    They remind me of a small crunchy version of a Malteser or Whopper. Here is some interesting discussion(and speculation) on the making of Maltesers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/notesandqueries/query/0,,-6315,00.html My guess on the creating that type of airy crunchy centre os a Malteser would be a combination of baking soda, sugar, and heat.
     
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  5. pastrymama

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    The dough in the video is what you want.  It is extruded and cut into the little pieces.  I suppose you could roll it out thin and cut into strings and cut them into little pieces.  It must be kept covered and refrigerated.  You can also flavor it with fruit paste or match green tea powder.
     
  6. jellly

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    Definitely not crunchy.  Mochi balls have a nice chew to them that just adds a pleasant texture.  I have worked with Mochiko before and love that particular chew, but haven't tried to make the mochi balls yet.  I will take a look at the video, thanks.
     
  7. pastrymama

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    I didn't mean with the filling, just the outer dough that they made.
     
  8. cowtownbrewster

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    Jelly, are you talking about daifuku?  Mochiko dough rolled around bean paste?

    http://veganyumyum.com/2009/03/daifuku/

    This recipe really does work best in the microwave - the stovetop doesn't heat as evenly through the mochiko, and use LOTS of starch (I prefer potato, personally) to stop it from sticking.

    You can also get hard pre-made kirimochi at health-food stores, that will puff up when baked or fried - like what's put in shiruko (sweet azuki soup).
     
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