Toast the pieces of mochi in the toaster oven until soft, while preparing water for boiling. Combine kinako, sugar and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
Bring water to a boil (use enough water to soak the mochi in a small bowl).
Pour the boiling water in a separate bowl and soak the toasted mochi thoroughly.
Remove from water, transfer immediately to the bowl with the kinako mixture, and coat well.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is the technique we have been using for a long time at my parents' house.
To make it taste better, make sure to coat the mochi with the kinako mixture well before its surface starts to dry. Also you could sprinkle on the kinako mixture again afterwards if you're a kinako lover!