Easy On a Grill! Gohei Mochi (Grilled Rice Cake with Sweet Miso Sauce)
This "Gohei Mochi" is a regional specialty commonly seen in the Tokai (central Pacific coast) region of Japan. It's pounded grilled rice cakes with sweet miso paste, and it has a lovely fragrance. It's easy to make at home.
If you are using sweet sticky rice, cook in a rice cooker using slightly less water than you would for regular rice. Mix the ● ingredients until smooth.
Lay the freshly cooked rice on plastic wrap. Lightly press into an oval shaped rice ball while molding it around a stick. Use disposable chopsticks or Popsicle sticks.
Grill both sides for about 1 ~ 2 minutes over medium heat until they're brown. Use a spoon to coat each side with the sweet miso mixture, and grill for another 1 minute on each side. Wrapping the stick with aluminium foil will prevent burning.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make an easy Gohei Mochi recipe to cook at home. This recipe requires only a stick, plastic wrap, and a grill! Sweet sticky rice is already sticky, so you don't need to mash it. That makes this dish easier.
The miso mixture burns easily, so adjust the heat and grilling time accordingly. You can also use walnuts instead of sesame seeds. The cooking methods and shape of the rice cakes might differ in different areas. I created this recipe so that people can make this dish at home.