martes, marzo 25, 2008

Air-flown desserts from Hong Kong

[Sweets from Hong Kong]

These cute little mochis in unusually creative flavors were a little surprise gift from T's recent business trip to Hong Kong. Milk Tea, Yellow Split Peas with Coconut Milk, Red Beans and Green Tea... how funky is that. My favorite flavor is Tofu with Fresh Mango, which got me hooked during my Christmas visit to the city. The filling is a smooth mélange of fresh mango bits in a mango-flavored tofu puree.

Traditionally, mochi is made by pounding steamed glutinous rice in a large wooden mortar with a wooden mallet until it becomes a powder form. This is made into a dough and formed into little balls with sweet red bean paste as a filling. The type of rice used is a stickier variety of rice - glutinous rice - different from the steamed rice on everyday dining tables.

Originally a Japanese confection, these small, round rice cakes with fillings are getting into the mainstream of Asian confections. To be fair, the Chinese has a variant version of mochi, which are called "lo mai chi", translated as glutinous cakes. It is so popular that even ice-cream versions can be found in the frozen department of Singaporean supermarkets.

The next time you're in Asia, do look out for them!

5 Hand-picked Olive[s]:

Blogger Kalyn picked an olive...

Kel, I have been reading about these made into moffles, sounds very interesting.

11:16 a. m., marzo 26, 2008

 
Blogger *kel picked an olive...

haha i had to google it...it sounds like a wild idea. I'll look out for it next time I'm in Japan!http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20080319f1.html

11:23 a. m., marzo 26, 2008

 
Blogger jiaying picked an olive...

green tea and red bean is the combination for me!

2:14 p. m., marzo 27, 2008

 
Blogger tigerfish picked an olive...

I've just returned from Hong Kong but I did not see any of these little precious :O

9:38 a. m., abril 09, 2008

 
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse picked an olive...

These look like fun! Yellow split pea w/ coconut milk seems like a nice combination.

4:02 a. m., febrero 14, 2010

 

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