Prepare the silicone mould (here I use a 4cm diameter * 15-hole mould). Place ice cream in each hole. Flatten the surface, using a spoon. Place in the freezer until it is frozen. I usually make this one day before I want to make mochi.
Once the ice cream is firm, start preparing the mochi mixture : In a microwave safe glass bowl, combine flour and sugar. Stir to combine. Add the water and glucose, mix with an egg beater until smooth. Cover the bowl lightly with cling wrap.
3. Microwave the mixture for 1 minute. Then stir the dough with a spatula. Put it back in the microwave again for another minute and stir lightly. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds (not 1 min) and stir. And once more microwave for 30 seconds and stir. The mixture should be now very thick and translucent.
4. Transfer the mochi dough on your working surface floured with katakuriko/potato starch. As it is very hot you should use a spatula or a dough cuter. Cut the mochi into 15 equal pieces. Don't forget to coat your hand with katakuriko/potato starch.
5. With your hands, take one of these pieces and flatten it into a thick disc. Then put a frozen ice cream ball from the freezer in the middle of the mochi disc. Pull out the cream balls one at a time from the freezer as they will melt quickly. Pull the edges of the dough disc together to cover the cream ball. Press together the edges to seal well. Smoothen the mochi by rolling it on the dusted board.
6. Quickly cover with the plastic wrap and twist to close. Place each mochi ice cream into a cupcake pan or any kind of plate to keep the shape. (Top side down)
7. Put mochi ice cream back into the freezer for a few hours.
8. Keep them outside for a few minutes before you enjoy to make the mochi gets soften a little bit.
20g white chocolate (optional) - cut into small pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ degree.
2. Place flour, black cocoa powder and sugar in a food processor and process to mix, then add butter, water and milk. Re-process the machine and run until blended well (until the dough turns like a crumbly ball).
3. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it to shape into a circle. Roll out the dough to about 0.3 to 0.5 cm thickness square shape and cut them into a long stick shape using the knife.
4. Place them on the baking sheet you prepared.
5. Bake them for about 10 to 12 mins. Let the pocky cool down completely.
If you want to decorate with white chocolate
6. Melt the white chocolate in a hot water bath (50℃), dip the end of the pocky (about 1cm) into chocolate. Let the excess drip off, and place on the plate. Let stand until chocolate is set.
1. Add water, bread flour (and gluten, optionally), black cocoa powder, sugar, salt, glucose syrup and milk powder in the pan of your bread machine. Select dough cycle and press start as per manufacturer's instructions.
2. After 5 min add butter in the pan and add yeast in the yeast compartment.
3. When the dough cycle is complete, remove it from the machine and place on a floured surface.
4. Punch the dough down and divide it in 3 pieces. Cover them with a dry cloth. Let rest for about 15min.
5. Working with one piece at at time, use a rolling pin, roll the dough back and forth, shaping it into a flat oval. Fold it length-wise, bringing both sides onto the centerline. Then roll it up. Place the shaped dough, seam side down, in a greased loaf pan. Repeat with the other dough balls, placing another in the center, and the last one at the other end of the pan.
Cover and let rise for 40~60min or until the dough rises to 85~90% of the square pan height.
6. Preheat the oven to 190℃. Cover the pan with a lid and bake for 30 minutes.
7. Unmold and transfer the bread to a cooling rack. Wait till it completely cools down before slicing.
1. In a heat-safe bowl, add rice flour, sugar, grated parmesan and salt. Mix well.
2. Slowly pour the boiled water, using a cooking scale to help you add the right quantity. Mix with a silicone spatula until it comes together.
3. Add the steamed rice (microwave it for 30 sec at 600W if it was frozen) and sesame. Knead with your hand (or a spatula) until well combined. Pre-heat the oven to 200℃.
4. Spoon some rice mixture (about 1 to 2 tbsp) and make it into a ball, then flatten it with your hand. Make it even thinner, using your fingers. Place on a baking sheet on an oven tray. Repeat until you have used up all the rice mixture.
NOTE : a thinner senbei will be crispier.
5. In a small bowl, add the dipping ingredients (soy sauce, mirin and sugar) and mix. Set aside.
6. Bake senbei 10 min, pull it out from the oven once and flip them all once. Brush the dipping sauce from #5 onto each senbei and sprinkle some nori over the sauce.
7. Then put it back to the oven and bake for another 10 min.
1. In a bowl add all the seasoning ingredients and mix.
2. Place the pork in a container or ziplock bag. Add the sauce (from step 1) and Marinate 24 to 48 hours in the fridge.
3. Preheat oven to 190℃.
4. Line a tray with foil and place the marinated pork. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven once and flip the pork. Bake for another 15 minutes at 200℃.
6. Remove from the oven once more and flip the pork. Cook again, 8 to 10 minutes, at 200℃.
7. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Transfer the dipping sauce from the ziplock bag to a small cooking pan and bring it to a boil. Once it has boiled, simmer for a few minutes or until the sauce has thickened a little. Set aside.
8. Wait 10-15 minutes before slicing.
9. Slice the pork thickness as per your taste, then serve with sauce!
Char Siu is good for the ramen topping, also fried rice! Or why not make the char siu buns:)
1. In a bowl add egg yolk. Pour the milk in little by little, and mix. Add sugar and mix.
2. Transfer this milk mix into a small pan and heat it up to 75~80℃ over medium heat, turn the heat to low and simmer for 3min.
3. Using a fine mesh filter (your usual sieve will do), strain the milk into a heat-safe bowl, add glucose powder and nutella into the milk mixture. Mix well with a spatula until all is dissolved. Let it cool down completely in a water bath.
4. Once the milk mixture is cooled completely, add heavy cream. Whisk until well combined.
5. Place the mixture in your compressor ice cream maker and let it run according to manufacturer's instructions. It should take 40~60min, depending on how cold the mixture is. In case of doubt, you should let it run until the mixture turns thick and creamy.
6. Transfer the ice cream to a storage container, and let it freeze until you eat!