56 comments

  1. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Yum your mochi both look and sound awesome! Never tried making it before but it’s on my list of things to make – Will definitely refer back to this recipe when I do! Happy v-day!

  2. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Turkish moche-light baby – love it!! How could I, or anyone really, say no to a recipe like this? We are also lazy valentines day-ers, I tried to cut heart shapes out of puff pastry, free hand, so they ended up delightfully, um, rustic! :-D

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Haha! I am all about the rusticity. (Completely intentional, of course.) Cheers to lazy V-Days, and wishing you a happy one! :)

  3. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

    i just realized yesterday that i followed you on twitter but not your blog! where have i been?! i love your rose mochi! mochi is actually one of my favorite things. :) and what a great giveaway! thank you!

  4. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    twins! heart shaped treats are the best for vday.
    i may have to hand in my asian card, but i don’t think i’ve ever had mochi before. dw may have, which wouldn’t surprise me, cus he’s more asian than me.
    PS. i was just telling him the other day that spam is such an underrated food, and i keep meaning to grab me a can every time i’m at the market!

    PS. what a great giveaway, i do not need to enter, but i can vouch for the great product as ours is fab.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Word to allll of this! Happy V-Day, Lan! (Also, I realized right after I submitted my comment to your blog that I called your hubs “morestomach” and not dw… ha. #isinstagramreallife?)

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Don’t be!!! It’s super easy, I promise. :) I did get a comment on the Food52 recipe last week saying that it didn’t work out (WOEeee I was so sad) because it came out really gooey….. So I had to retry it to regain my confidence! If you do give it a shot, just don’t panic if it seems really soft when it first comes out of the oven :) it’ll gel up much more once it cools, especially if it gets properly cold. Alternatively, you can just use 2-4 tbsp less liquid, and it’ll bake up much firmer (though I like the taste of the higher liquid version better!)

      OK… I’m rambling. Anyway — you can doooooo it!! :D

  5. Diane Karalunas says:

    February 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Every since I saw your mochi recipe on Food52, I’ve been making batch after batch. I can’t get enough of the stuff! My latest incarnation was a thai tea mochi (just infused the water in the recipe with two tablespoons of thai tea), so wonderful and completely addictive. Valentines Day makes me want to flip a table, but your rose version is completely adorable and looks equally as delicious. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Diane, your comment made my DAY! And I am obsessed with the idea of Thai tea mochi! (Darn, and here I was just thinking I was finally done with making it! I’ve been a mochi factory myself lately, if you couldn’t tell.) I hope it was the most gorgeous orange color :)

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment — it is really the best kind to read. Happy non-Valentine’s Day ;)

      • Diane says:

        February 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        You are so welcome! And yes, the thai tea version was that glorious rusty orange shade. Now that I’m among fellow mochi addicts, I will add I made two other versions… one was with Earl Grey tea and whole cream (kind of an East Meets West version). My absolute favorite was a delicate mint version. I infused the cream with mint leaves (stems and everything) and added a couple of drops of vanilla along with a teeny bit of green food coloring. It was like a really earthy, fresh shamrock shake if that makes any sense at all. I think the reason I’m so in love with this recipe is the versatility and room for creativity, much like truffles. I’ve literally scoured my cabinets looking for fun combos – lol! Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to trying other recipes on your lovely blog!

  6. Tasty Yummies says:

    February 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    OH my gosh what a perfect recipe. I LOVE mochi. Your photos are just soo beautiful.
    I am sooo happy to have connected with you xoxo

  7. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Oooh lala! How cute. I’m Hawaiian and no one has ever made me spam hearts. I kind of feel cheated. ;) So happy that Em introduced me to your pretty blog! I plan on lurking around for a while… don’t mind me. Lurk, lurk, lurk.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      The horror! That’s gotta be remedied ASAP. (Though, pretty sure my Hawaii bf never got a Spam heart either before his weird Southern gf came along and started mutilating his poor breakfast. So there’s that. Also, um. What about heart-shaped MUSUBI. :O I’m morbidly captivated.) And yay, so happy to have you, Gina!! Thanks for organizing this shindig!

  8. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Girl, you are just so damn good at this food blog thing. Gorgie porgie! Also, is it a faux pas to BYOMochi to the local yogurt parlor? Like all, “Sorry, your tough little nubs are nothing compared to these silky wonders. Like a babe’s butt, I tell ya!” If I get unscared of trying these for myself I might just see how that goes over…

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      HAHA Emily I just lol’ed in my office. A babe’s butt. Why are you the best? (But really, I do think these are way better than the store’s! I wasn’t even a huge fan of mochi until I started stuffing my face with this homemade kind.) Don’t be scurred! You can do it!!! <3 Happy V-Day, Em!

  9. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    This is just to say that I thought you hadn’t posted a post in, like, months, because I thought I had you in my feedly, BUT SOMEHOW YOU FELL OUT OF MY FEEDLY. And now I’m realizing that you’ve been doing awesome interwebbing without me, and I have about 400 posts to catch up on.

    In the meantime, you are my honorary Valentine.

    • says:

      February 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

      HAHA Movita, you cracked me up when I read this. And here I thought I was just mind-numbingly boring. Yeah, I moved from WP.com to self-hosted through WP.org a few months ago and I think that cut off my old Feedly, but I lost the ability to post on the old one to let people know! I saw my, like, 2 readers at the time and thought …. well, it’s just 2 readers. I guess one of them was you!

      HONORARY VALENTINE?? Oh my I’m all aflutter. Off to mail some Spam hearts to Halifax…..

  10. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am a bit relieved those hearts are not SPAM :) We had leftover soup and leftover cookies for our Valentine’s Day dinner, so you look like a saint in comparison! I have no idea what mochi is, so thanks for exposing me (must live in a cave!).Hope you had a V-Day!

  11. says:

    February 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I think these are the cutest things i’ve ever seen! Also I’ve never heard of mocchi, but i’m pretty sure I’ve eaten it…is it ever shaped like a ball and filled with sweet red bean paste? Or strawberries? I’ve been trying to work out what dessert I ate in Japan and how to make it for ages! This might be the answer to my prayers!

    • says:

      February 15, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Awww, thank you! :) And YES! In fact, I just posted a recipe for the red bean version here (I’ve been on a tad of a mochi kick lately…..) They’re really pretty easy in all their incarnations, so I hope you get to give them a try! :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Isn’t it the best flavor? Now that I have a big bottle of rosewater I can’t stop thinking of how to use it. :) Thanks, Allison!

  12. says:

    February 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! I had lost track of you. Looks like you made some changes to your blog and I missed so many wonderful posts. So glad you stopped in and visited me, it brought me back to you. I love your new look. (it’s probably not that new anymore) I took a look at your last several posts and I’m floored. Gorgeous. :) Your mochi is so beautiful!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Aw, you’re so kind! I was actually thinking the exact same thing when I came by and commented yesterday — it’s been too long! So happy to reconnect and say hello. I hope you’ve been doing wonderfully!

  13. says:

    February 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I stumbled upon your blog a little while ago, through instagram. I was like, whoa, this girl is amazing. I love your style and your recipes are so deliciously original. These mochi hearts are hearts are too cute for words. I’ve never tried to make mochi and now I really want to. I’m so happy I found your blog! I hope we can work together again sometime soon!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Me too, Grace!! So happy to have found you and your lovely work. And thank you so much for the kind words! I’m blushing. :)

  14. says:

    February 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Here are your wonderful rosewater mochi!! And what a perfect day for them…Valentine’s Day!! They look divine and probably taste even better…and with heart-shaped spam?! Your bf was one lucky dude! :) Ahh, I miss spam. lol!! Hope you guys enjoyed the heart day and had such a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the start to the new week, my dear!! xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      You are always the sweetest, Jess! <3 Hope you’re having a good start to the week too (despite even more snow!)

  15. says:

    February 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I think you’re my new favorite Asian blogger. I’m not even sure if you’re Asian. But c’mon…spam and mochi? Not only that, but moch-elight as well? An Asian blogger after my own heart, I tell you.

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      HAHAhaha I sure am!! Asian solidarity gurl. (Provided you are too, lol.) This makes my day, Krizia — especially because I LOVE love love Verily. I found you all through Haruka (with whom I am totally obsesseddd, casual) and have been reading ever since. So glad that we’ve “met”!! :)

      • says:

        February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        I’m totes Asian. Ironically, I found YOU through Haruka’s Instagram (we really love her :)) and I’ve been following you for a week @kliquido. It has crossed my mind to invite you to contribute to our lifestyle section. What do you think? ^_^

        • tworedbowls says:

          February 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

          Krizia!!! Um, I think that would be pretty much the MOST exciting thing to happen to me all week?! I’m so thrilled. Shoot me an email if you want to discuss? (And yay for IG friends! I just followed you back. :) )

  16. sherriewfal says:

    February 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

    You’re like the MOCHI MASTER! And your photography? Get out of here! Some of my favorite work out there right now, fo reals.

    XO SHERRIE

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Sherrie, you don’t know how much I appreciate this! Just this week I kind of felt like I hit a photography rut, so your comment is such a sweet pick-me-up. Thanks so much :):)

  17. says:

    February 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I still have my holiday lights up too….maybe a wreath. Maybe.
    Super-adorbs hearts!! I’m not even a V-day fan (hello, 4 cats!), but these are too cute. I’m also relieved they’re not made out of spam. :p

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      If we play this right, we might be able to ride this out til Christmas 2014, Valerie. I can feel it.

      Haha! I think the only thing going for V-Day in my opinion is the chance for me to cut anything and everything into heart shapes with reckless abandon. Without that, I’d be out. Thanks so much for the kind words!!! :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Hi! I freeze them. :) They will keep for months frozen — and I’ve even thawed and refrozen them numerous times and they’ve been just as tasty each time. Just let the mochi sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes and they should be good to go. Hope you like the mochi if you try it!

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