Authentic Amazake (Sweet Rice Sake) with Rice Malt

Authentic Amazake (Sweet Rice Sake) with Rice Malt

All you have to do is mix the okayu (rice porridge) with the rice malt, then maintain the temperature in a stainless steel thermos to make amazake (sweet rice sake). Since it's high in nutrition, I recommend it not just for Doll's Festival celebrations, but also as a regular treat!


Rice malt
200 g
Mochi rice (or normal sticky rice)
1 rice cooker cup (180 ml)
1000 ml


1. Lightly rinse the uncooked rice, then put the rice and water in a pot, and steam until tender for 30 minutes to 1 hour. (If using a rice cooker, set it to the porridge setting.)
2. Once it starts to steam, mix it to cool down to 65°C. Fill a thermos with boiling water to warm.
3. Crush the rice malt into pieces, and thoroughly mix into the rice porridge. A few minutes after mixing it in, the glue-like consistency of the porridge will become smooth.
4. If the mixture starts to get too cool, set the bowl on a double boiler, and reheat to 60°C while continuously stirring.
5. Discard the hot water from the thermos, add the porridge, then keep warm. In order to evenly ferment the contents, lightly shake the thermos every 2 hours.
6. It should be done after 8 to 10 hours. It's tasty either hot or cold. Enhance the taste with grated ginger and a pinch of salt.
7. Store it in the refrigerator. Storing it at a low temperature will slow the fermentation. It will keep for 1 week. If stored for too long, the lactic acid will ferment and become acidic.
8. If you want to store it for a long time, heat to 80 or 90°C, then store it in the freezer. It will keep for about 1 month without becoming sour.
9. Related recipe: Amazake Pancakes (Recipe ID: 2102914).
10. "Homemade Yeast Starter Made with Amazake" (Recipe ID: 2120477).
11. "Bacon and Eggs on Amazake Pancakes" (Recipe ID: 2123894).
12. "Amazake and Hassaku Icy Sherbet" (Recipe ID: 2124575).
13. Amazake Dora-yaki (Recipe ID: 2127156).
14. Another name for amazake is "drinkable IV", since it contains glucose, oligosaccharides, vitamin Bs, amino acids, folic acid, and other nutrients. It's recommended as a remedy for recovering from fatigue and regulating your digestive track.
15. If you drink too much at once, it will spike your blood-sugar levels, so I recommend drinking only 100 ml at a time.

Story Behind this Recipe

I originally made this in a rice cooker on the keep-warm setting, but a family member criticized me for wasting electricity, so I revised to an energy-saving recipe.
The stainless steel thermos that was only used once a year on Sports Day is now getting weekly use since I started to make this.