Typically sesame covered, these ‘mochi’ balls are deep fried and can be empty inside or filled with red bean paste or even a sweet peanut-sugar mix.
- 400 g glutinous (sweet) rice flour
- 1 cup brown sugar (dark brown sugar makes the resulting balls darker, lighter makes it lighter coloured)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (approx) cold tap water
- 4-5 Tbsp Red bean paste (optional)
Makes about 20 medium sized (3″ diameter balls)
- Mix all dry ingredients together well
- Add about 3/4 of the water to the dry mix, stirring to combine. Slowly add in more water to make a dough. The dough should be dry enough to not stick (too much) to your hands too much but also wet enough to stick together and form around a ball of red bean paste.
- Split the dough into about 20 balls, about 2-3 Tbsp in size each. Roll each ball smooth and even.
- Optional – make a divot in each ball and wrap around a 1/2 tsp of red bean paste.
- Fill a pot of oil with at least 2″ (preferably 3″ or a bit more) of oil for deep frying. Heat the oil to 320F.
- Deep fry a the balls. When you put the balls in, hold it with chopsticks or tings for about 30s to let the bottom fry a bit and get hard so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Don’t crowd the pot. 3-4 frying at a time is plenty. You’ll need room for the next step.
- The balls will take about 8-10 mins to fry up. After the 2-3 minute mark the balls will be lightly browned on the outside. Using the back of a spoon, ladle or or other similar device (I used a hot pot strainer), carefully squeeze the balls flat. They will puff back up in a minute. Once they puff back up, squeeze it flat again. Do this several times and the balls will puff up to about an inch larger in diameter than they started.
- When the balls are golden brown, take them out and let rest on a rack to drain. Paper towels are okay too. The balls will stay crispy for about a day.
- They can be left out on the counter for a day or two. After that, they should be placed in the fridge. They can also be sliced and fried up on a pan to warm up before eating.