Asian Stir-Fry Over Mochi and Whole Foods Product Reviews!

by Her Happy Balance on January 24, 2013

Hey all! Well, my reviews of the Whole Foods Market products are officially up on their Facebook page so if you want to check them out, here are the links!

Grainaissance Original Mochi

365 Coconut Water

Lesser Evil Chia Crisps in Jalapeño White Cheddar

It was a really fun experience to be on the product reviewers board and I really liked everything I tried, especially the chia seed crisps!

I know some of you were wondering about the mochi and what exactly it is and how I used it, so let me share with you what I did! First of all, it’s a japanese brown rice pastry. The only two ingredients in it are filtered water and sweet brown rice. The rice is pounded into a block so when you cook it (bake or fry) it gets puffy and turns into a bread/rice substitute of sorts. It’s used a lot in desserts, many times it is filled with ice cream or a jelly. But I prefer savory food over sweet so heres what I made!

Asian Stir-Fry over Mochi:

1 12oz. package or original flavored mochi

2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp minced garlic (or 3 cloves)

1 inch piece of ginger, grated

1/2 cup water

7-8 radishes, sliced

1 can of water chestnuts, drained

1 whole carrot, sliced  OR 8-10 baby carrots sliced

3 leaves of kale

1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped

3 scallions

1 small cole slaw package

1 small bunch cilantro

A few dashes of sriracha

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Olive oil or sesame oil

ingredients

All your ingredients!

Put soy sauce, water, garlic, and ginger into a medium sized pan on a low heat. Next, massage the kale.  Yes, I do mean massage the kale. Scrunch it up in your hands and try to break down some of its fibers so it will be easier to digest. Chop it up and put the kale in the pot. Let the kale cook 1 or 2 minutes and then turn up the heat and add in your chopped carrots, sliced radishes, onion, slaw mix, water chestnuts, and scallions. Mix everything around and let it cook down a few minutes then add in your cilantro, red pepper flakes, and sriracha.  Put a lid on the pot and let the pot simmer on low.

stir-fry veggie pot

While the veggies are cooking, cut your mochi into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife, it’s a little difficult to cut.

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Get out a small pan and put a little bit of oil in the bottom of it, just enough to coat it. Place your mochi in the pan and leave some space between the pieces. if the pieces touch while they’re cooking, they can stick together.  Fry the mochi for about 4 minutes on one side, and then flip over for another 4 minutes. It should look like this when it’s finished:

Pan-fried mochi

Pan-fried mochi

Place the mochi on a plate, and spoon some of your stir-fry mix on top of it. Decorate your plate with a little sriracha for some extra kick. Enjoy!

Asian stir-fry over mochi

It was fun cooking something I’ve never made before, a little challenge 🙂 Happy Thursday, bloggers!

Thoughts??

Is there any food you’ve always wanted to cook but it seems like it would be a challenge?

Have you ever tried mochi before, what did you think?

Comments on this entry are closed.

nycfitgirl January 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

Yes!! I have always wanted to cook Quina but it is so scary to me!! I really just have to try it!

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

Cooking quinoa can be a little challenge for you, do it 🙂

jessiebearwhat January 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

I’ve never tried mochi! Looks delicious

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thanks, girly! 🙂

coffeencollege January 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’ve never even heard of mochi until this post!

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

learn something new everyday! 🙂

Alex @ therunwithin January 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

I have never had mochi before, is it gluten free? I kind of want to try it now

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

Yes it is gluten-free! 🙂 If you try it out, let me know what you think!

Alex @ therunwithin January 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

I am going to buy it this weekend, excited!

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen January 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

I never thought about eating mochi as anything but a dessert. I love it! I like the mochi dessert with ice cream on the inside from Trader Joe’s and I also like to top little mochi pieces on my froyo. This recipe looks great and your dish is so pretty! Nice work 🙂

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

The green tea ice cream with mochi from TJ’s? Putting pieces on froyo sounds like an awesome idea! thanks girly!

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen January 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

No I actually didn’t like the green tea flavor. I get the strawberry flavor. It’s so good! The only thing is there are only 6 mochis in the container and I mean come on, that hardly lasts me 2 days!

carlyjg January 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I’ve only ever seen/tasted mochi in froyo! I’ve never seen it in a savory recipe. So interesting!

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I was determined to use it in a way I would like best 🙂

hotspicyandskinny January 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I’ve never come across savory mochi, not even in Japan. This is so cool! Thanks for posting this.

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Sure, I’m glad you liked it!! 🙂

lauzallie January 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

This looks really good; I’ve never heard of mochi before. I think I’m going to pick it up in this week’s shopping trip.

Her Happy Balance January 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

It was a culinary adventure to say the least! Enjoy it!

jumpeatrun January 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I totally want to try mochi now!!

Her Happy Balance January 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Do it! 🙂

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