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Mochi Ice Cream: All You Need to Know About the Tempting Japanese Dessert

Mochi Ice Cream: All You Need to Know About the Tempting Japanese Dessert

Have you tried mochi ice cream? Mochi (pronounced mow-chee) ice cream is a traditional Japanese dessert that is made from glutinous rice and ice cream. This dessert is usually shaped into balls with ice cream filling the center. The original process of making mochi can be a little complicated, but there are easy ways to make it at home!

How Do You Make Mochi?

To make mochi (the outer layer of the dessert), you need sticky, glutinous rice. Professional mochi chefs use a large wooden mallet. One chef pounds the rice while the other mixes it by hand. This process lasts for at least two minutes. For mochi ice cream, the rice dough is then flattened to fit over the ball of ice cream. Cornstarch is used to avoid the dough sticking to your fingers.

At home, most recipes call for sweet rice flour, so you avoid having to pound rice into a dough.  A typical recipe you’d follow at home requires you to mix sweet rice flour, sugar, coconut milk and water. Once you’ve mixed the flour, sugar and liquids thoroughly, you pour the batter into a lined baking pan, cover it and bake it for an hour. Once it’s baked, you let it cool overnight.

Once the dough has cooled, you move it to a countertop that’s been dusted with sweet rice flour. Knead in any flavorings you want, such as matcha green tea powder, and shape it into small rounds. For mochi ice cream, you’ll want to roll out the dough and cut it into 3-inch circles.

To make mochi, you need sticky, glutinous rice. Professional mochi chefs use a large wooden mallet. One chef pounds the rice while the other mixes it by hand. This process lasts for at least two minutes.

Making Mochi Ice Cream Balls

You can always make your own, but many find it easier to use your favorite store-bought ice cream. You want to use a cookie dough scoop and form balls. As you make each one, place them on a baking sheet that you’ve lined with wax paper to prevent sticking. Place them in a freezer for a few hours.

When the ice cream balls are hard, place one on a mochi circle. Bring the edges of the mochi together and seal it tight. Place it in a resealable container that’s stored in the freezer. Continue until you’ve used up all of ice cream balls. Before eating, you want to let the mochi ice cream sit at room temperature for approximately 5 minutes.

Mochi ice cream takes time to make. Plus, the ingredients aren’t something many people have on hand. Save yourself some time and energy by heading to Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge. We offer mochi in a variety of flavors that include cookies and cream, green tea, mango, red bean, strawberry and vanilla.  Check out our menu to learn more about our mochi ice cream or call us today to make a reservation.

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