1. says:

    January 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Happy Lunar year to you too! I am not familiar with these but I would love to give them a try. They look like they’re easy to make. Perhaps will add the suggested matcha powder as I got some just yesterday.
    Have a nice weekend!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      They are so easy to make! 🙂 I was kind of amazed. And oh my gosh, I almost want to demand that you use the matcha powder 😉 hahaha. I loved it. The green tea flavor is subtle but amazing.

  2. says:

    January 31, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I enjoyed reading your post here and over at food 52! You’ve given us such an easy tutorial both in words and in photos. We are in the midst of our Chinese New Year celebrations here since I married into a Chinese family. This would be such a lovely and sweet addition to the celebratory menu!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Oh, how awesome!! Yay! What amazing things are you eating? We actually don’t have much planned right now besides these leftovers (I’m such a bad Chinese child!) Have to stock up at the grocery store tonight for some last-minute goodies! Happy LNY, Allison!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Oh my gosh, I think you’ll love them if you try making them at home — I usually don’t add too many at the froyo places but when you make them yourself, somehow they’re way more delicious (and a million times cuter!) Thanks as always for your sweet words, Cate! 🙂

  3. S says:

    January 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Ach, I do not know why it has taken me so long to eat this stuff. I have been squinting at the pictures trying to imagine what it is like – so far I’m picturing somewhere between Indian sweets & Turkish delight!
    I’m going to have a go at your recipe next week. I’ll report back! 🙂

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Haha!! I can’t wait to hear how it compares with what you’re imagining. I actually am dying to try it with some rose extract or syrup to make an East Asian-ified Turkish delight. Let me know how it goes!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Yay!! I hope you like it if you try it :):) and aw, thank you so much for your detailed feedback, Renee! They are such a treat. (As for the backdrop, you’re going to get very tired of it very soon … hahaha. Now that I have it, I can’t stop using it in photos!)

  4. says:

    February 1, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Your instructions look much easier than some traditional mochi and nian gao recipes, even though CNY has passed (I also had to do some last minute shopping, inconvenient for the lunar new years eve to fall on a Thursday!) I will make these soon!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Yay! Yes, it was really amazingly easy. I actually tried another recipe today for the kind you wrap around fillings and it was even easier — just nuked in the microwave for literally a minute. Kinda nuts how it comes together into deliciousness so easily. I hope you like it if you try it! 🙂

  5. says:

    February 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Happy year of the horse! I loved celebrating Chinese new year growing up (except no extended family to celebrate it with, which would’ve been awesome), but ever since moving away from home, I forget about it year after year, this year being no exception. Kind of a pathetic representative of the Chinese race, huh?

    And your mochi is gorgeous!! I love anything with that soft chewy texture, like gummy bears. Or tangyuan (the boiled sticky rice flour balls)! And yes to matcha! It must turn it the loveliest shade of green.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2014 at 12:31 am

      Hahah, girl — you know what we had for long-life noodles yesterday? Shin ramyun. Are noodles still long-life if they contain life-shortening preservatives? The irony is overwhelming.

      Aw, but thank you! I LOVE tangyuan too 🙂 so comforting. I need to figure out how to make those too (I have a bunch of red bean paste leftover, so it’d be perfect! Mm.)

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Aw, thank you, Stephanie! Adore your blog, so that means a lot 🙂 And yes, do try it! It’s so so easy and yummy. Happy LNY!

  6. says:

    February 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Happy Lunar New Year!! And uh oh….I did not realize that mochi was so easy to make. This could be dangerous. (: I also love love LOVE the idea of adding rosewater to it — sort of like a mochi riff on Turkish delight. And both green tea and almond versions sound glorious too. Yuuuum.

    Also, I am SO curious: Where did you get that awesome cloth?? It looks so much like one I have (the one I used in those blackberry ice cream photos!), which I found in an antique shop last spring. It’s one of my favorite props (both for its color/texture and the fact that it’s stiff enough that I can almost mold it), but it also smells like it was sitting in the back of someone’s pantry for about 30 years collecting dust before it found its way to the antique shop. If there are other ones around that don’t actually smell like antiques, I’d definitely be tempted to buy one. (:

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Oh my god, I can’t tell you how obsessed I am with this idea of rose mochi. Even though I just made enough mochi to feed a small army, I neeeed to try this Turkish moch-elight. Need.

      I just got it from Etsy! I’m not gonna lie, I was inspired by yours! Such three-dimensional texture, I’m in love with it. B2 had to stop me from throwing it in every one of my photos. The one I ordered is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/125424874/pick-1-overzised-cheesecloth-wrap-34?ref=transaction_complement There are so many colors, too! (Who knew that this was a thing for baby photography, by the way? Not I, said the fly.)

      • says:

        February 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

        OmgomgOMG…….so.many.colors. Ahhhh!!!! THE OATMEAL ♥. Ok, I’m definitely about to spend $50 on cheesecloth. Thank you!!! 😀

        And I never, ever would have guessed things like this were used for baby photos. (I’m laughing imagining my old, scratchy, dust-smelling cheesecloth wrapped around a poor baby. That would not be good.)

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

      I’m so excited to hear that, Cicily (and was so thrilled to read your post just now!) You and I are on the same page — after I made my plain batch, I went right on to green tea and rose just like you! 🙂 I loved it with rosewater. So happy that you tried my recipe!

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