Saturday, January 12, 2013

bento ii :: sesame-fried mochi

after a couple weeks of lackluster meals, i feel like i'm finally starting to get
my macro chops back!

last night was bento ii :: advanced bento theory

i made savory fried mochi, nanban onions, miso condiment, and made a weak
attempt to cook fish before resigning and putting it back in the fridge.

i found this marvelous blog, Just Hungry, that features traditional japanese recipes.
many of them will be familiar to those of you who spent any time at the kushi
institute.  what i admire about this chef is the honest simplicity of her recipes.
she buys almost nothing pre-made.  if you're willing to do things the long way,
she has instructions from homemade pickled umeboshi to homemade mochi.

i adapted these recipes from justhungry to be macrobiotic, which was quite simple.

sesame fried mochi

slice 1 package mochi into small squares.

puff in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes,
until mochi begins to pop and expand.

preheat cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
add 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil with 1 tsp. tamari.

immediately add puffed mochi.  over the course of three
or so minutes, check the bottom of your mochi with a spatula.
it should be a beautiful golden-brown.

flip once.  toast another two-three minutes.
the afore-mentioned beautiful golden-brown.  yum.

cover in nori, toasted sesame seeds, green onions, spicy kimchi, whatever you choose!
i think even a natto-scallion paste would be nice!  my package of natto arrives next
week, so i'll try it and tell you!

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