How to Make Steamed Asian Rice Cakes

Steamed Asian rice cakes, also known as mochi or rice flour cakes, are a well-liked treat throughout Asia but are especially popular in Japan, Korea, and China. These tender, chewy cakes are perfect for any occasion because they can be filled with either sweet or savory ingredients. Despite their intimidating appearance, anyone can learn to make tasty steamed Asian rice cakes at home. However, it is important to have the appropriate materials and a little perseverance. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps step-by-step and offer our best advice for making a batch of these delicious delights that will wow your loved ones.

Ingredients Required to Make Steamed Rice Cakes

You must have the following ingredients handy if you want to make steamed rice cakes – 

  • Rice flour and tapioca starch (2 cups each)
  • Hot water (1 cup)
  • Sugar (½ cup)
  • Vanilla extract (½ teaspoon) – Optional
  • Organic food color (optional)
  • Additional ingredients as per your taste

Step-by-Step Process to Make Steamed Asian Rice Cakes

Given below is the detailed step-by-step process to make steamed Aisan rice cakes – 

Step 1 – Combine the rice flour and tapioca starch along with sugar and vanilla extract (if you are using it) in a mixing bowl. Keep battering the mixture without water until all the ingredients are mixed together well.

Step 2 – Now add hot water slowly and steadily while continuing to batter the mixture. Continue this process until the mixture takes the form of a smooth dough. Add extra water to the dough if it is too hard. Likewise, add extra rice flour if the mixture is too wet.

Step 3 – After the mixture is adequately wet, take out small chunks of the dough and roll them into the size of a golf ball. Make sure the small doughs are tightly rolled into the size of a golf ball to make the next outcome look good. 

Step 4 – Now take a small dough and flatten it with your thumb or a rolling pin. The shape of flattened dough should be in the shape of a circular disk. After this, add a small amount of your chosen filling and pack the dough so the filling does not come out. Repeat this step with all the dough you have prepared.

Step 5 – Use a lightly greased steamer basket and place the rice cake dough on it. Allow the rice cakes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes (or however long) until they become soft. 

Step 6 – Now, remove the rice cakes from the steamer basket and allow them to drop to room temperature. You can now serve these delicious Asian rice cakes with some beverages or side-edible items. 


Anybody can take part in the enjoyable and simple hobby of making steamed Asian rice cakes at home. You may make delectable and gratifying desserts that are guaranteed to surprise your friends and family with a few basic ingredients and some patience. Why not give it a shot and see just how great homemade rice cakes can be?

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