Ichigo Daifuku (イチゴ大福)

Ichigo Daifuku are small round ball of Mochi (glutinous rice), that is wrapped around a filling of Ichigo (strawberry) covered with Anko (smooth red bean paste). It is then rolled in Katakuri starch (potato starch) to keep it from sticking to everything.

They are absolutely delicious. Chewy on the outside and when you bite it, there is the sweetness from the Anko and a burst of juice from the strawberry. Everything balances out and it’s like a party in my mouth. I love anything that is sweet and chewy so I absolutely loved these when I tried them at a recent Chef’s Armoury event. There’s another one happening on 11 September at 1pm if people are interested.

Thanks to Chef’s Armoury, I have a recipe for Ichigo (Strawberry) Daifuku  to share with everyone. Enjoy!

Ichigo (Strawberry) Daifuku

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 5 mins + 5 mins cooling

Cooking time: 15 – 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 strawberries (about 2.5cm round) – de-stemmed, washed and dried
  • 100 grams Shiratamako/Mochiko – Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Japanese White Sugar
  • 120 – 140 millilitres water
  • Potato/Katakuri Starch (for dusting)
  • Pre prepared chunky red bean paste

Method:

  1. Wrap a layer of red bean paste around the strawberry to create a ball.
  2. Dust the bottom of a tray with potato starch and set aside.
  3. Combine sugar and shiratamako in a rice cooker.
  4. Slowly add water and mix with a silicon spatula until you have a smooth paste.
  5. Cook in a rice cooker on ‘steam’ mode for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  6. Stir with a spatula dipped in water until smooth and turn out onto the tray with potato starch.
  7. Dust your hands and prepared mochi with potato starch.
  8. Let the mochi cool for a couple of minutes until touchable and divide into 6 balls.
  9. Press balls into disks and stretch each one around the strawberry/anko balls.
  10. Twist the bottom to seal in the strawberry and shape the ball.
  11. Enjoy straight away!

A whole plate of Ichigo Daifuku. Yum!

Dorayaki and Ichigo Daifuku

Tip: Do not put them into the refrigerator, otherwise they will go hard and will not be chewy.

Happy nom nom nom-ing!

Dorayaki (どら焼き)

Dorayaki are two small round pancakes sandwiched around Azuki bean paste. They take their name from the Japanese word for gong. Dorayaki are probably most commonly known by Asians through the famous anime and manga character, Doraemon. Doraemon is a cat-shaped robot from the future who has a famous four-dimensional pocket filled with useful gadgets. Doraemon absolutely loves Dorayaki. I have previously tried packaged Dorayaki from Asian supermarkets. However, after tasting them at a recent Chef’s Armoury event, I can say that they ,obviously, taste better fresh.

Thanks to Chef’s Armoury, I have a recipe for Matcha (green tea) Dorayaki to share with everyone. Enjoy!

Matcha Dorayaki

Serves: 8 – 10
Preparation time: 5 mins + 20 mins resting
Cooking time: 4 mins a batch

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 150 grams Japanese White Sugar
  • 3 grams good quality matcha powder (you made need more when using lower quality matcha powder)
  • 175 millilitres warm water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup or glucose syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 180 grams plain flour (cake flour is best)
  • Oil for cooking
  • Some chunky style red bean paste

Method:

  1. Combine  the water, baking powder and syrup. Make sure the syrup has dissolved into the water and cool.
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar until you have soft peaks.
  3. Sift the flour and matcha powder three time. This ensures that there are no lumps in both the flour and the matcha powder.
  4. Slowly add the sifted flour into the egg mix while whisking, followed by the liquids.
  5. Mix well and set aside for approximately 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the consistency should be slightly thickened. Adjust with a little bit of water to get a pancake mixture consistency.
  6. Cook the mixture in a pan over medium heat (180°C) until bubbles appear on the surface. Make sure they are all approximately the same size.
  7. Flip the pancakes over when the bottom is nicely browned. When the other side is nicely browned as well, they are ready to be taken off the heat.
  8. Serve two pancakes sandwiched together the prepared red bean.
  9. Enjoy while warm!
  10. Dorayaki and Ichigo Daifuku

Happy nom nom nom-ing!