Daifukumochi Soft Rice Cakes

Everyone has been asking for the recipe for the delicious-looking mochi that were posted on our Facebook wall, and we’ve finally managed to get hold of it from our kind friend!

Daifukumochi (daifuku) are soft glutinous rice cakes with sweet fillings such as red bean paste. These sweet rice cakes have become known under the umbrella name of ‘mochi’ in western culture.


Our friend recommends using Foo Lung Ching Kee for softer and more chewy rice cakes.

  1. Put the sugar and boiling water into a microwaveable bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved into the water. (zap in the microwave for a few seconds if required).
  2. Red Bean Paste Balls Making the Syrup
  3. Add the glutinous rice flour (the green one) and 1 tablespoon of wheat flour (the yellow one) to the syrup and mix together into a smooth paste. Add a drop of food colouring, if desired.
  4. Glutinous Rice Flour Wheat Starch
  5. Put the mixture into the microwave for about 2 and a half minutes (depending on power of microwave) to cook the glutinous rice paste.
  6. Remove from the microwave and mix to an even consistency. It should be a very thick, sticky paste.
  7. Mochi Mix Before Microwaving Mochi Mix After Microwaving
  8. Prepare your work surface by sifting some cooked glutinous rice flour (orange one) onto it. You can also use this on your fingers to stop the mochi skin from sticking to your hands.
  9. Using 2 spoons, create balls of the mixture. Put them onto the flour on the table.
  10. Filling your mochi Ta-da!
  11. Using a rolling pin, flatten the ball. When cool add your choice of filling and pinch together. Place your completed mochi into a cupcake case.

Other fillings you can try:

Sesame/Peanut/Sugar filling Roast and chop peanuts, and mix with toasted sesame seeds and some sugar. Coat the Lo Mai Chi rice cakes with desiccated coconut.

Ice cream Freeze balls of ice cream, on some cling film on a baking sheet, overnight. Surround with your glutinous rice pastry and return to freezer until ready to serve.

Fresh fruit If eating your mochi soon after making, you can wash and dry pieces of fruit to go inside, such as small strawberries (ichigo daifuku)!

Additional Information:
Number of Portions:
Cooking Time:
<15 Min