I've had mochi many times in restaurants and have always been fascinated by its unique combination of taste and texture; but I had absolutely no clue how it was done. I basically still don't, but regardless, this was my first attempt and I look forward to lots of criticism.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Remove and discard the top half of a cardboard egg carton. Line 10 of the cups in the bottom half of the egg carton with plastic wrap.

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  • Scoop ice cream into 10 prepared egg carton cups. Cover scoops with plastic wrap and freeze until very firm, at least 2 hours.

  • Stir rice flour, water, and salt together in a microwave-safe bowl; add sugar and stir until completely smooth. Whisk green tea powder into rice flour mixture.

  • Cover the rice flour mixture bowl with plastic wrap; microwave for 2 minutes. Stir rice flour mixture, re-cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and microwave until mochi dough is thick and sticky, about 1 1/2 minutes more.

  • Lightly dust a work surface with cornstarch. Turn mochi dough out on prepared work surface. Roll dough into a 1/8-inch thick rectangle; cut dough into 10 equal squares.

  • Remove ice cream balls from plastic wrap. Place 1 ice cream ball in the center of 1 mochi dough square. Gather mochi dough together to cover the ice cream ball completely, pinch the edges together at the base, and cut off any excess dough. Repeat with remaining ice cream and dough squares.

  • Tightly cover each mochi ball in plastic wrap and place in egg carton, seam-side down. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

83 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 14.6g 5% DV; fat 2.4g 4% DV; cholesterol 9.2mg 3% DV; sodium 32.8mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2016
Thank you for this recipe! Tried it for the mochi only (so no ice cream) and it turned out really nicely. For anyone considering using this recipe, just make sure you're really generous with the rice flour/corn starch on the counter. Thanks again! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2016
Good recipe for mochi, but the ice cream bit was a complete failure for me. The mochi is too fragile (easily torn) to stretch around the balls, especially if you try to roll it out as thin as this calls for. The mochi itself came out nicely, though. Maybe a bit too much matcha powder, though. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2016
Thank you for this recipe! Tried it for the mochi only (so no ice cream) and it turned out really nicely. For anyone considering using this recipe, just make sure you're really generous with the rice flour/corn starch on the counter. Thanks again! :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2017
Does anyone have a non microwave method I csn use... We are not fans of microwaves in my home so we dont own one Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2016
Good recipe for mochi, but the ice cream bit was a complete failure for me. The mochi is too fragile (easily torn) to stretch around the balls, especially if you try to roll it out as thin as this calls for. The mochi itself came out nicely, though. Maybe a bit too much matcha powder, though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2017
Love the recipe but I think my microwave is too strong. What kind of microwave did you use? I have a 1250watt. Thank you Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2019
Turned out great! Followed the recipe to the t. I made my push matcha icecream to wrap the mochi around. My husband has been to Japan and China so this was a huge hit for him Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2019
I love mochis! Asians are naturally lovers of this kind of desserts. I think steamer is a good option other than microwave. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2019
I didn't make any changes but this green tea mochi ice cream is awesome!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2016
Nice recipe but I needed a LOT more than 1 tbsp of corn starch for my rolling pin and surface. Still once the dough was cool enough to handle and everything was covered generously in starch it was easy enough to cut and roll. (I used a pizza cutter blade rolled in starch first to cut the pieces.) However it took someone with perhaps more nimble fingers to seal the edges smoothly and shape the balls nicely. Mine came out kind of ugly but with more practice I think they'll look better. I might use matcha ice cream next time for more matcha loveliness. Or maybe chocolate hmm... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2019
Still in the process of making it but loved the video. He had perfect balls. Read More
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