As they say, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Romance abounds as valentines day draws nearer upon us and as such, no better time exists than now to begin practicing your culinary skills in advance.
Nothing quite says love like good food. It charms even the best of us, and those who master the culinary arts are subsequent masters of the heart. The burning question that one might ask is what best to make?
At the heart of every great dessert is a little love, and what better to represent the sigil of Valentines day and its colours than a Strawberry rice cake recipe. Valentines day and its customs in Korea are somewhat different to the customs of most countries. It is the day for a girl to confess her love to a guy by giving him a chocolate or sweet as a token gift. So if you’re brave, and you want to flip the table and adopt the Korean custom for the day, give these a try. They might just win the heart of that guy or girl you’ve had your eye on.
There are many varieties of the rice cake but we think our recipe is easily as delicious, and is certainly a favourite among many.
- 딸기 찹쌀떡 (ddalgi chapssalddeok) is a popular Korean snack and it’s similar to a Japanese mochi cake.
- Hapssal-tteok can be coated with gomul (powdered sesame or beans) and steamed, or it may be boiled and then coated.
- Chapssal-tteok can also be made round and filled with various so (fillings) such as red bean paste. If you can’t get enough of rice cakes you can try it with ice-cream as well.
Once you’ve prepared your rice cakes, you can put them in a gift box and deliver them safely (and without eating them) to all the people you love this valentines.
- 4 strawberries, rinsed, de-stemmed, and dried
- Some cornstarch powder
Dough for 4 strawberry rice cakes:
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 3 Tbsp white sugar
Red bean paste (This makes 25-30 rice cakes, you will have plenty to spare):
- 250g red beans
- 6 cups water
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 4 Tbsp honey (or Agave Syrup as a vegan alternative)
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 1 cup water
Steps (for red bean paste)
Rinse the red beans. Put the red beans in a pot and add the water (6 cups).
Simmer them until they turn soft.
Take out the beans, leave them to cool down for 5 minutes and put them into a mixer.
Add the water (1 cup), honey, white sugar, and salt. Blend them again.
Put the blended red bean paste into a pot or wok and dry it on medium to low heat until the moisture evaporates enough that it becomes a paste.
Steps (for dough, you will need a microwave):
Sieve the glutinous rice flour, salt and sugar twice.
Add the water and mix it well (it will now look like milk).
Put it into a microwavable container.
Cook it on high for 3 minutes in a microwave. You will need a doughy consistency.
Take out the container and stir it well.
Put it back in the microwave and repeat steps 4 and 5 twice more. (So, you use the microwave for a total of 9 minutes.)
Let it cool for 5 minutes.
Spread some starch powder on a plate (cover the plate throughly) and pour out the dough from the container. Put the starch powder onto the dough so that it doesn’t stick to your hands.
Divide the dough into 3-4 pieces.
Steps (to assemble):
Spread the dough on your hand and add the red bean paste and a strawberry on top.
Serve it on the plate or in a gift box.
Best of luck!
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