WELCOME! Ice Cream with Shiratama Mochi and Kinako (soybean flour)

Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Blog, Desserts & Treats, Ice Cream, Wagashi | Japanese Sweets | 12 comments

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Today I’m sharing a really simple dessert with a Japanese twist.

Not everyone has an ice cream maker, nor wants to take the time to make homemade ice cream. Here’s a great little dessert that I stumbled across while dining on the Westside of Los Angeles that you can make with store-bought ice cream. It’s a simple vanilla ice cream served with cute little shiratama (mini mochi or rice cakes) and drizzled with a bit of honey and then topped with a generous dusting of kinako (soybean flour). It’s a simple dessert with a Japanese twist.

As for the restaurant that inspired this dessert, it’s an okonomiyaki shop called Gottsui, that serves ramen during lunch hours and okonomiyaki during dinner hours. I’ve never tried their okonomiyaki but insiders say it’s good, but pricey for what you get. You can always try my homemade version for a fraction of the cost! :) Follow links for Kansai-style and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki recipes.

I’ve been telling myself that I was going to clean-out the freezer so that I could make room for the ice cream maker. Well folks, the summer is coming to an end and I have yet to make enough room in the freezer. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I’ve mostly rid our freezer of frozen meats and fish, yet every time there is a significant amount of space in the freezer, my husband or I come home from Costco with a) large box of Haagen Dazs bars, b) large box of fruit popsicle bars, c) large box of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, or d) a large tub of Albertson’s brand sherbet (if you’ve never tried it, the pineapple flavor ROCKS, and for only $3.99!). The latter tub of sherbet is something Bebe E’s paternal great grandmother used to keep in her freezer all the time so it’s my husband’s favorite.

(Photo Credit: Hideki Ueha)

Since trying the wafu (Japanese style) ice cream dessert at Gottsui, I’ve been wanting to re-create it at home. However, instead of using homemade ice cream, I made this simple dessert using our favorite Breyer’s All Natural Vanilla Bean flavored ice cream and it was a great shortcut. (Recipe for basic homemade vanilla ice cream and black sesame ice cream available here.) I’m certain this would also taste great with Japanese kurogoma (black sesame seed), azuki (red bean) or matcha (green tea) flavored ice creams as well.

Stay cool! Hope to see you back here at my new home again!

Ice Cream with Shiratama (mochi) and Kinako (soy bean flour)
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Serves: 1
  • 2 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
  • Honey, drizzle
  • 1 teaspoon Kinako (soy bean powder)
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
  • ¾ cup shiratamako (glutinous rice flour) or mochiko (if shiratamako is not available)
  • Slightly less than ½ cup water (mixed with shiratamako)
  • 3 – 4 cups water for boiling
  1. Combine glutinous rice flour and water. Gently incorporate using chopsticks. When it comes together, knead the dough gently with your hands. The dough should be soft and pliable, yet hold together. You may need to play with the amount of water if you use mochiko instead of shiratamako.
  2. Boil water in a small pot. Meanwhile, make small quarter-sized thumbprint balls and gently drop into boiling water. These will sink to the bottom, and float up to the surface when ready.
  3. Once the mini mochi are cooked, place them in a bowl of cool water.
  4. Combine kinako (soy bean powder) and granulated sugar. Omit sugar if you prefer the kinako as is (which is what I prefer).
  5. Scoop ice cream into a serving dish, place shiratama or mini mochi around the ice cream. Drizzle with honey and dust with a generous amount of kinako.
Measurements for shiratamako or mochiko makes approximately 12 to 15 mini mochi.



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    Judy, your new home is lovely and I feel very comfortable being here. You and Amy did a great job. I just really like everything about this space. I have already re-subscribed. On vacation now but I had to check it out as soon as I returned to our hotel. Congrats!!!! (Following you on Pinterest now, too). :)

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      Hi Jean, Thanks for your kind words. My apologies for the misunderstanding… Amy was instrumental encouraging me to create a new website, and just go for it, if only to have a nice new space, but I had to rely on the in-kind favors of many friends to help build this site as I didn’t really have the budget for it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to refer some clientele to her in the future. :)

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    clean out the freezer by eating all the ice cream ey? sounds like something my dad would do!! hahahaha congrats on your official re-opening of bebe love okazu! yay~

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      Hi there! Thank you! :) So bad… poor ojichan! Hope he’s feeling better.

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    Hi Judy! I love your new website! It’s gorgeous!

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      Hi Mina, thank you! It’s so nice to hear from you. :)

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    Beautiful photography and beautiful site! Saw your photo first on FoodGawker

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      Hi Julia, Nice to meet you. :) Thank you for your kind words!

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    Hey Judy! Love the new digs! So clean and elegant! Great job to you and your bestie!

    Not sure what I did, but thanks for the shout-out! :-)

    I’m due for a redesign…maybe a project for the new year!

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      Hi Amy, thank you!!! You really helped me with deciding to just go for it, and that my site deserved a nice design. :) You’re so lucky you can re-design your site whenever you feel like it! ;) So envious! Maybe I need to go back to school for some techy skills…

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    Hi, my first time here. This looks simple yet amazing!

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      Hi there, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for me. Keeping it simple sometimes just works. :)