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Baked Sticky Rice in a Bamboo Stalk Nori's Chocolate Mochi Cake


Baked Sticky Rice in a Bamboo Stalk
From the Kitchen of:
Chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro

    2 c. sticky rice (mochi rice)
    1/4 c. black beans
    1/4 c. taro, diced
    1/2 c. coconut milk
    1 c. sugar
    2 Tbs. water
    1 vanilla bean
    pinch of salt
    10 stalks bamboo

    1. Clean and soak sticky rice for at least 2 hours or soak overnight in the refrigerator.
    2. Clean and soak black bean in hot water for 2 hours, then steam about 15-20 minutes or until beans are 75%        cooked. Set aside.
    3. In a non-stick sauté pan, add sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Add vanilla bean (use only the meat on the        center part of can use liquid) and taro. Cook for a few minutes then add coconut milk and pinch of salt.
    4. When coconut mixture starts to boil add black beans and stick rice. Sauté for 2 minutes or until the liquid        starts to dry. Set aside and cool down.
    5. Fill the bamboo stalk and the sticky rice until almost full the cover with a piece of banana leaf or fail. Make        sure to cover tightly so the rice cooks evenly.
    6. Preheat over about 375 degrees then bake for about 20 minutes.
    7. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nori's Chocolate Mochi Cake
From the Kitchen of:
Beth An Nishijima of nori's Saimin

    9 c. mochiko flour
    9. c. sugar
    10 Tbs. chocolate powder
    2 Tbs. baking soda
    2 Tbs. vanilla extract
    10 whole eggs
    2 12-oz cans coconut milk
    2 c. evaporated milk
    2 sticks butter, melted
    4 bread pans, about 4" deep
    1. In a mixing bowl, combine mochiko flour, sugar, baking powder and chocolate powder until the mix is combined        well.
    2. Add coconut milk, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter. Mix until the batter is smooth.        Spray pans with non-stick oil or butter then pour batter in pans.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 90 minutes or depending on how wide and deep your pan is. Make        sure you bake until there is no liquid in the center.