Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ube flavored Mochi Roses

I've been trying to think of different variations on mochi cakes.  The other night I was eyeing my Nordic Ware mini rose cupcake pan and thought it would perfect to make mochi roses. 

I recently purchased some ube (purple yam) flavored paste from Seafood City supermarket.  I added a couple of drops to my mochi cakes to create a light purple mochi.

Next time I'm going to try adding real purple yams.  The mochi cakes came out so cute with the rose shape! And the small size was perfect for an individual serving. I'm going to make these more often.

Ube Mochi Roses

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Mochiko rice flour (or can substitute for any brand of glutinous rice flour)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ube flavor paste

Directions

1. Cream the butter with sugar.  It helps to melt the butter a little first.

2. Mix in the evaporated milk to the butter/sugar mixture.

3. Mix eggs into the mixture.

4. Mix in the rice flour, baking powder and vanilla.

5. Mix in the ube paste.

6. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 pan or into mini rose cake pan.

7. Bake for approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees (for 9 x 13 pan) or about 20-25 minutes if using mini rose cake pan.

8. Let cake completely cool, allowing the mochi to set, before cutting and serving.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Green Tea Mochi

For Christmas, my sister got me a Nordic Ware baking pan I wanted.  It bakes sheet cakes with daisies on one side.  I’ve been trying to decide what to bake with it and the other day I decided to try to make mochi cake with it.

I chose a green tea mochi cake.  I thought having the top decorated with flower designs would be a nice touch to the cake.

Boyfriend and I have found that we really enjoy eating the cake while it is still a bit warm because the edges have an extra crispy chewiness, much like the brownie edges.

Green Tea mochi cake


Ingredients

  • 16 oz Mochiko rice flour (or can substitute for any brand of glutinous rice flour)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder

Directions

1. Cream the butter with sugar.  It helps to melt the butter a little first.

2. Mix in the evaporated milk to the butter/sugar mixture.

3. Mix eggs into the mixture.

4. Mix in the rice flour, baking powder and vanilla.

5. Mix in the matcha green tea powder.

6. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.

7. Bake for approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees.

8. Let cake completely cool, allowing the mochi to set, before cutting and serving.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chopstix Too

Chopstix Too
4380 Kearny Mesa Rd, #300
San Diego, CA
(858) 565-1288

The other night, Boyfriend and I, along with two of our friends, went to check out Chopstix Too.  I've previously visited the sister location Chopstix, but this was my first trip to Chopstix Too.  I forgot to take a picture of the front, but it's located in the same plaza as Mitsuwa, next to a Taco Bell.

When we arrived, we were greeted quite warmly by our server.  After our orders were taken, my friend couldn't stop giggling.  He proclaimed our server to be the "happiest girl ever."  I hadn't really noticed, but after he pointed it out, the friendly server really did appear to be super happy.  As if there was nothing she would rather be doing than working there.  Every time she asked us something throughout the night or took a request, she would respond with such a big smile and her voice was so cute and sweet, much like a japanese anime character.  My friend wanted to take videos and pictures of her.  We had another server who, while not the happiest person, was really friendly and made jokes when he brought our food and cleaned up.

I was pretty impressed with the service.  Unfortunately, the food was just mediocre.  I ordered a Nabeyaki udon.  The udon was nice and chewy.  I felt the amount to be small though, especially compared to the quantity of other noodle dishes served here.  It also came with two pieces of shrimp tempura.  I wasn't a fan of the broth, but then I haven't really enjoyed any of the Nabeyaki broths I've tried.  I found it to be too salty.

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I also ordered a crunchy roll because it was advertised as a special.  I didn't like the crunchy roll at all.  I don't know what sort of sauces they were using, but I didn't like the taste of it.

Boyfriend ordered some rolls. 

This is the Diego roll:

Rainbow roll:

A double double:

One of my friends ordered a miso ramen.  The bowl of ramen was huge, but full of tons of cabbage and carrots. I thought the noodles were a bit too mushy.

He also ordered a spicy tuna roll:

My other friend ordered a teriyaki chicken and vegetable tempura combination.

The food here is relatively cheap and the menu has quite a few offerings.  But I wasn't very impressed with the quality or taste of the food.

Here is the menu:

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