Since the kids love mochi, I thought that mochi (not the sweet kind) in soup, would be perfect. Think of it as an asian cross between Albondigas, and Matzo Ball Soup. It has pork meatballs and little mochi balls with ham inside. I make the BALLZ tiny and bite size. The kids like it.
1 lb ground pork
1/2 can water chestnuts, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
ingredients (mochi balls):
1-1/2 cup mochiko
1/2 cup cooked ham, finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup chicken broth
70 ounces of chicken broth (or 5 cans)
I usually make the meatballs first, earlier in the day, and keep them in the fridge. It’s just one less thing to think about once you get going on the soup. Combine the meatball ingredients together. Mix well and shape into small balls approx 1/2 inch. Set aside in the fridge.
Put the chicken broth in a stockpot on high while you make the mochi balls. Combine the mochiko, ham, salt and pepper. Gradually add the broth to form a dough. It will be crumbly, don’t worry. Pinch the dough into small 1/2 balls. Set aside.
Once the broth starts boiling, add the meatballs and cook for approx. 8 minutes. Then add the mochi balls and cook for another 4 minutes. Now you can add the kamaboko, carrots and green onions to the boiling pot of soup.
This recipe is a lot easier than it sounds. Don’t let the amount of ingredients fool you, or all that ball making. It’s really fast and well worth it.