A centuries old Japanese tradition is the eating of mochi on New Year. It usually starts around the new year when Japanese households and communities take part in a traditional Mochitsuki the pounding of sweet rice to make the flour. The flour is used to make mochi which can be a sweet or savory treat.
In Hawaii mochi is definitely served on New Year specially by families of Japanese ancestry. I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited by friends whose families practice this tradition. I’ve had mochi as dumplings in a fish based soup, not exactly my favorite; fried and served with soy sauce; and sweet chewy squares, my favorite.
Mochi is also always available in Hawaii. It’s found in many local grocery stores and some bakeries. But most of the time I make Mochi at home. One of my favorites is Chi Chi Dango, it’s a sweet square made with coconut milk and is usually pink in color. Another favorite is this Tri-Colored mochi, which is really just a layered Chi Chi Dango in 3 colors, green, pink, and white. I don’t make it often simply because it’s tedious baking 3 layers, the single color version is just as good. But Tri-Colored Mochi does look pretty when served at a party.
By the way Mochi is made from glutinous rice flour and is naturally gluten free and since it uses coconut milk it’s also dairy free! It’s the perfect treat for any one with gluten, dairy, and nut allergies.
You can buy both Mochi flour (one of the brand names is Mochiko), canned coconut milk, and Katakoriko at any Asian market.
1 Box Mochiko flour (1 pound)
2 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Can Coconut Milk
3/4 Cup Water
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2 – 3 drops each of red and green food color
Katakoriku (potato starch)
Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.
Mix all ingredients except the Katakoriku in a bowl until smooth.
Divide batter into 3 equal parts. (I pour them 1 measuring cups)
Color one part pink with red food color, and one part green with green food color, leave third part white.
Pour Green part into your pan and cover with foil.
Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven. Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.
Pour white batter over green layer and cover with foil.
Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.
Pour pink batter over white layer and cover with foil.
Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven.
Uncover and cool for at least 30 minutes.
Cut into squares – I use a pizza wheel to cut even strips then cut those strips into small rectangles.
Place Katakoriku on a plate and roll each piece of mochi in it. This will dust the mochi so that they don’t stick together.
Store in airtight containers on the counter. It should last about 3 days, that is if you can keep from eating it sooner!
Ginataang Baboy (Bicol Express) is a very famous signature dish originated in Bicol, Philippines, it has the entire characteristic that I enjoy when it comes to a pork dish, i remember it’s tenderness, creaminess, and spiciness that forever will not be forgotten wherever I go. The secret to a best Pork Bicol Express dish has something to do with the balance of flavors. The spiciness is also a factor but this will depend on the amount of chili pepper that you can tolerate.
Any kind of Filipino dish that has gata (coconut milk) as a main ingredient is called “Ginataan”. In tropical Countries like my home town Philippines, coconuts are common and abundant so we don’t have a problem processing amazing and fresh coconut milk straight from our coconut trees for free.
Today I’m gonna give you my version of Ginataang Baboy (Bicol Express) Filipino Recipe! Enjoy!
1/4 kg. pork, thinly sliced
10 pcs. finger chilies, sliced julienned
3 cups coconut milk, fresh or canned
1/2 cup shrimp paste (bagoong)
3 tbsp. ginger, peeled and minced
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pc. onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tbsp. cooking oil
½ tsp. salt or salt to taste
¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste
Pour oil in “preferably NON-STICK pan” over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger for 1-2mins.
Add the sliced pork, and continue cooking for about 5 to 7 minutes or until color turns light brown.
When pork turns golden brown, add the shrimp paste and sliced chillies and stir moderately.
Then pour the coconut milk and let it boil, simmer for about 30 minutes or until the pork is tender.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer to reduce the liquid and turns into a thick milky sauce and that’s it!
Serve while it’s hot, share with family and friends, Enjoy!
Ginataang Manok also known as chicken stewed in coconut milk has it’s different kinds of versions but this Filipino signature dish is commonly flavored with ginger and fresh coconut milk. Here in Philippines, a traditional approach requires a native hen that usually grown in the yards, in forests or in mountains because it’s much tastier compared to grocery store chickens and adds more flavor to the dish.
Any kind of Filipino dish that has gata (coconut milk) as a main ingredient is called “Ginataan”. In tropical Countries like my home town Philippines, coconuts are common and abundant so we don’t have a problem processing amazing and fresh coconut milk straight from our coconut trees. This is a very common homemade dish and is usually prepared for lunch or dinner with steamed rice.
This is my version of Ginataang Manok (chicken stewed in coconut milk) Filipino Recipe! Enjoy!
1 pc. whole chicken, cut into serving sizes
1 can coconut milk (14 oz.)
2 pcs. medium potatoes, peeled, quartered
5 pcs. thai chili peppers, stemmed, chopped
½ pc. green bell pepper, seeded, cored and sliced into strips
½ pc. red bell pepper, seeded, cored and sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
1 pc. onion, peeled, sliced thinly
1 tbsp. fish sauce
½ cup water
¼ cup cooking oil
1 tsp. salt or salt to taste
¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste
Heat oil in a wide skillet over medium heat then add the potatoes and cook, until color turns lightly browned.
Remove the potatoes from pan and drain, preferably on paper towels.
Then add the bell peppers and cook, stir frequently, for 20-30 seconds, remove and drain on paper towels.
Remove excess oil from pan and leave about 2 tablespoons.
Then sauté garlic and onions. Add the chicken and cook, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
Add fish sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add coconut milk and the chili peppers, bring to a simmer, lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked and sauce is reduced.
Add the potatoes and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sauce is thickened.
Add the bell peppers and cook for another 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve while it’s hot.
Share with your family and friends.Enjoy!
Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!
Espasol, It is a type of rice cake that is made of rice flour and cooked in coconut milk then rolled with toasted rice flour and usually shaped into small cylinders then wrapped with paper. This unique Filipino treat was originated from the Province of Laguna, Philippines and is available in bus stops and pasalubong stores.
There are many kinds of rice cake recipes and treats, almost all have the same concepts but Espasol is a is distinguished not only for having glutinous sticky rice as a main flour, but also for being finished with a little bit of dusting of rice flour. This is my recipe version of Espasol. Enjoy!
4 cups glutinous rice flour (malagkit)
4 cups coconut milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
Toast rice flour in a skillet over medium heat then stir frequently, for about 25 to 35 mins. or until color turns pale gold and aroma becomes nutty. Set aside ½ cup for rolling espasol.
Combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt and sugar in a wide pan over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, stir frequently until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
Slowly add 3-1/2 cups of the toasted rice flour, stir regularly to prevent lumps.
Lower heat and continue to cook, stirring and turning regularly, for about 35 to 45 minutes or until mixture is very sticky and becomes oily.
Transfer mixture onto a flat surface and dusted with the remaining toasted flour.
Roll and flatten mixture to about ¼-inch thick using a rolling pin.
Cut espasol into strips with a lightly-greased knife.
Roll espasol on toasted flour until fully coated using your clean hands then shake to rid of excess flour and wrap each piece in banana leaves or in a Japanese paper.