Matcha Mochi Bars

On Chinese New Year, I made these lovely matcha mochi bars. They’re essentially the traditional Chinese rice cakes you can get in pretty much any Asian supermarket except these have a modern Japanese twist to it. First of all, these have a beautiful outer crust. Contained inside are red bean paste and mochi. Second, they’re matcha-flavoured which makes it a great take from the original flavored rice cake. And third, they’re home-made with looove. Cheesy, I know. But it’s quite true especially when you’re talking about the Lunar New Year.

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Yield: 9″x 13″ pan

Ingredients

  • 1 pack (400g) glutinous rice flour
  • 1 tbsp matcha + 1 tsp for the layers
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk
  • 350-400g sweetened red bean paste (coarse)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 9″x 13″ pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  3. Mix dry ingredients (flour, matcha, baking powder, sugar) in one large bowl.
  4. Mix eggs, oil, and coconut milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  6. Pour half of the mixture into greased pan. Spread evenly.
  7. Sift a teaspoon of matcha powder evenly on top of first layer.
  8. Spread red bean paste as the second layer. Make sure you use a spatula to get an even spread.
  9. Finally, pour the remaining batter on top of the red bean paste. Use a spatula to spread evenly over the pan.
  10. Bake for 1 hour until crust is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (a little mochi stuck on there is great!)

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Adapted from a traditional rice cake recipe passed-down from a friend’s mom

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