Spring Evening Appetizer Recipes: Broiled Mochi

If you are having a tea party or some sort of get together during the gorgeous months of Spring, then you need accompaniments. The internet is full of wonderful recipes from all over the world that you can test out before you get to your big day. Although gathering of some of the more exotic of ingredients can be a hassle, the end result would be overwhelming. It will be a great way to impress the significant other if the recipe ends up being beyond the horizons of ‘tasty’.

Broiled mochi with nori

For those who are not familiar with East Asian cuisine, nori is seaweed. The green flimsy paper kind of items you see in the Asian supermarkets are the nori paper. And mochi is a type of glutinous rice that comes in tube form in Asian supermarkets. It can be made into spicy dishes like tteokbokki or sweet dishes like daifuku. This recipe falls under the savory category of mochi recipes.

To make the dish you will need mochi squares (or mochi cut), seaweed sheets, soy sauce and some coconut oil. Due to the simplicity of this dish you can make large quantities without an issue. Make sure to make your oven heated up while you are making it. Firstly you will need to dip the mochi squares in soy sauce and then gently place them on a baking sheet. Just bake these for around five minutes until it is heated (not melted so 450 degrees Fahrenheit should do).

While the baking is happening take your scissors and cut the seaweed paper into 8 pieces of equal size and then warm them in the pan with coconut oil or microwave until heated. Then take out the mochi pieces and wrap them on these seaweed squared and serve. You can get some dipping sauces to accompany the dish.

Some dipping sauces that are easy to make

Thai style; Umami/ fish sauce + sugar + lime juice- gives a great sweet and sour flavor and you can change the ratios of the ingredients to suit your style. Add some ginger and garlic as well as chili flakes for a bit of spiciness.

Ponzu; citrus + seaweed + bonito flakes + vinegar & mirin- makes a great dipping sauce for food items that are fried or baked. Extra mirin will sweeten the dip and ginger will add a bit of body.

You can make your own dippings for this dish but the mochi itself speaks for itself as a great appetizer for parties. It does not fill the stomach so that there is no space for the main dishes but it tingles the taste buds