Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rice-Cake Making (mochituki)

Rice-Cake season has arrived,
For Japanese, we cannot go without having rice-cakes especially new year.
We are planning to make them next week.  This Feb. 10th I've already posted about it when we made  kan-mochi(寒餅), which means "rice cakes made in a really cold season"  not this time of the year. We usualy make them twice a year. As it was right after I started my blog, let me use my pictures and you-tube page that I used at that time, 

After hubby retired from his job last year, we bought a machine thinking we might have much time using it not buying expensive ready-made ones  from the store.  

we make mochi-dough into kind of a flat ball on this board he made

Sweet  Beans I made to be put in some of the rice-cakes

Husband is fighting with the hotness, haha

we can freeze them in the freezer

When I was a child (more than 50years ago, haha), making mochi outside the house with all my family by using the traditional way and tools was a sort of annual event at the end of the year and I quite reminisce about it. My mother was busy gettig ready for doing it. I found the good example of it from You-tube.

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you could enjoy and not familiar with this, p;)


  1. Omochituki Natukasidesu!
    My grandparents used to lived in Okayama,and they made omochi then visit to us before new years that's still one of my precious memory.
    My friend have an electric ones and it made nice omochi too.
    We get together on the before new years eve and we really enjoy ourselves.
    Have a nice day,

  2. Dear Orchid,

    It's very interesting to learn other countries customs and such. thank you very much for sharing. The rice-cakes looks delicious. Wishing you a lovely day my friend! Hugs x

  3. Another interesting look into your culture. I imagine the rice cakes I've had are not the same as these and I wish I were able to travel to Japan and try the ones that you and your hubby make with that fancy machine. I think we all have memories of doing something special with family much like the memories of making the rice cakes. With me it's the memory of my grandmother making a special Danish breakfast treat that was a puffed pancake thing made in a special pan. I don't know the spelling but it's something like ebelskivers. She would make them only if I promised to eat the whole pan full. At six years of age I'd promise to eat a pan full and couldn't eat more than 3 so my grandfather had to help me by eating the rest. Have a wonderful week my dear friend. Hugs

  4. What a lovely tradition and memoriries, Dear Orchid! I enjoy rice cakes myself and didn't realize it was such a labor intensive process. Thank you for sharing the steps with us!

  5. Oh now this I think I could sink my happy USA teeth in! wink visiting your blog my new friend!

  6. I love rice cakes which we can buy here in all the supermarkets. I have never given a thought to how they are made, so this has been most interesting. I also was not aware that there is a tradition attached to making and eating them. Fascinating! The homemade ones no doubt taste far nicer than those we buy over here. Do you eat them dry or with butter and toppings as we do?

  7. Dearest Miyako,

    Wow, what a tradition and everyone around the hot and flaming thing waiting in anticipation for the yummy rice cakes to be done.
    You and your husband are very adept at it, looks so professional. The sweet beans I also ate as Vietnamese dessert; so yummy!
    One thing you cannot do however, freezing in the fridge. You keep things cool in the fridge = refrigerator. And you freeze in the freezer. It must be gruweling for you to master this English language! But I do admire your skill in doing so well.
    Love to you,


  8. Very interesting, Miyako. Very different from ricecakes we purchase here in stores. Soon it will be your one-year anniversary. xo

  9. What a n interesting video. It looks like quite a bit of work to make them.Thank you for sharing this with us. I love rice cakes.

  10. thanks for sharing Miyako- san!!..such an interesting video!! it looks like a lot of work,but i'm guessing they are well worth it!! these are not the rice cakes I am familiar with!!! the ones you are making look sooooooooooo much better!!

  11. I'll bet these are really tasty, thanks for sharing how you make these. It's very interesting.

  12. To Mariette,
    Hi, thank you very much for your correction♪♪♪
    Haha, we think refrigerator has freezer and I put the phrase literally from Japanese.
    I DO appreciate your kindness and love your thought, my friend.

  13. I enjoyed the video very much. It is always more fun to cook with other people than do it all alone. It is nice you make your own rice cakes at home, I'm sure they taste better than those at the store. Thank you for sharing this information!

  14. Your rice cakes look wonderful. I love learning all of these amazing things from you.

  15. I forgot to wish you a lovely week, my friend. Mina

  16. I love rice cakes, especially with sweet red beans inside :-)
    When I was a small child, we did mochitsuki with kine and usu at home before new year. I love new year in Japan!