Pork and Root Vegetables with Mochi Waffles
Mochi waffles can be made easily with Mochiko sweet rice flour on a waffle iron. Served with pork and root vegetables with soy vinegar sauce, they complement each other wonderfully.
If you have a waffle maker, mochi waffles can be made simply by mixing sweet rice flour and water. They are as crispy as grilled mochi.
Uruchi-komeko (non-glutinous or regular rice flour) and mochiko or shiratamako (glutinous or sweet rice flour) are all gluten-free. The notion of “glutinous rice” refers to its sticky, glue-like texture when cooked. Rice does not contain gluten, a particular set of proteins found in wheat products, thus it is gluten-free.
Make this dish completely gluten-free by using gluten-free substitutes for other ingredients as needed.
Japanese ingredients such as mochiko, dashi, mirin, and gobo can be purchased online or at Asian grocery stores.
For the mochi-waffles
|1¼ cups (200g)||Mochiko sweet rice flour|
|½ teaspoon (3g)||salt|
|¾-1 cup (180-220ml)||water|
The following ingredients need to be cut into ¾ inch (2cm) pieces:
|⅓ (80g)||gobo arrowroot, parsnip, or any other root vegetable (boiled, about ⅔ cup)|
|½ (80g)||sweet potato (boiled, about ⅔ cup)|
|1 (60g)||carrot (boiled, about ½ cup)|
|½ (8oz/227g) can||water chestnut or lotus root|
|¼ (30g)||green pepper (about ¼ cup)|
|Sesame oil for sautéing|
For the sauce
|2½ teaspoons (15ml)||soy sauce|
|2 teaspoons (12ml)||black vinegar|
|2 teaspoons (9ml)||mirin|
|2 teaspoons (9ml)||sake Japanese rice wine|
|1½ teaspoons (7ml)||sesame oil|
For the slurry
|1 tablespoon (10g)||rice flour|
|1 tablespoon (15ml)||water|
Preheat the waffle maker.
To make mochi waffles, mix sweet rice flour, salt, and water in a bowl.
Pour the batter into the waffle maker. Cook both sides until crispy.
In a skillet over medium high heat, add sesame oil. When fragrant, sauté pork. When the pork is cooked, add all the vegetables and continue to cook.
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Add the sauce to the pork mixture and simmer.
In another bowl, combine rice flour and water to make a slurry. Mix the slurry into the pork mixture. When the sauce thickens, turn off the heat. Serve with the mochi waffles.
- This recipe uses US customary units. Measurement equivalents include: 1 teaspoon = 5ml, 1 tablespoon = 15ml, and 1 US cup = 237ml or 8fl oz. (1 metric cup = 250ml or 8.5fl oz.)
- The cooking time using microwave oven in this recipe is based on 1,000W in the US.
- The temperature and baking time may be different depending on the oven used. Please adjust accordingly.
- All rice flour is naturally gluten-free. Make this dish completely gluten-free by using gluten-free substitutes for other ingredients as needed.