Let´s make Shiratama – Japanese cooking

April 12, 2014 Juju Kurihara 0 Comments

When I was small, I was probably six or seven, we went to my grandparents´ house. My grandma was at the table in the kitchen and kneading some white stuff. I asked, "What are you doing?" She answered but it wasn´t a word I knew. Then she told me to help her. She gave me some chunk of that white thing and told me to make shapes. It was like the clay I played with at the nursery school. I immediately started making a snake, a person or flowers. That was Shiratama (白玉), which I found out much later.

It was very fun to make although I didn´t like the taste of it. In my house, I wasn´t allowed to eat any sugar stuff. Perhaps once in two or three weeks, my father would give me a small piece of chocolate with nuts in it. I had so little access to sweet thing, once I came home from the nursery, found a bottle of cough syrup in a cupboard and drank it all. Just because I remembered it was sweet. A little after my father came home and found me on the floor completely drunk, which made him giggle after so many years. But this is another story.

Anyway, as a child I didn´t like so much sweet taste and even now I prefer dark chocolate than Anko paste. But the other day, I was at a friend´s house and she had just got a pack of Shiratama powder. We decided to make together. Shiratama is similar to mochi but just it doesn´t stretch like mochi does. Still it has a little chewy texture. It´s easy to make. If you have a chance to get shiratama flour, try once. 



Ingredients : 

Shiratama powder, nerian (練り餡/ anko paste), kinako (きな粉/ roasted soybean flour).

This time we used shiratama powder contains yomogi (よもぎ/ Japanese mugwort) and that´s why it´s green.

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First, mix the flour with water. For two people we used 150g of flour and about 100ml of water. Don´t pour the water all at once but little by little while you mix them well until the dough becomes smooth and as hard as the earlobe.

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When it´s mixed well, it looks like this. Just like pasta or biscuit dough. 

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Then make small balls.

I was told off by my friend by making huge balls. I´m so used to cook for huge guys in the last few years. 

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Cook them in the boiling water. They do look like gnocchi. 

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When they started coming up to the surface of the water, then time exactly one minute. 

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Exactly one minute after, take them out and place them in the cold water. We didn´t have them but if you do, even better with ice. Leave them until shiratama gets cool down.

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Meantime, you prepare anko. (We just squeezed it out from the pack.) 

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And syrup (mitsu/ 蜜). If you can´t find it, maple syrup may do. 

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Tataaan! Yomogi shiratama is done!

We also added some strawberries and vanilla ice cream. 





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