Discover the Sweet Delight - 🍡 Japan & Korea's Favorite!

Yes, sticky rice desserts are indeed popular in both Japan and Korea, where rice is a staple food. In Japan, they are known as "mochi" while in Korea, they are referred to as "tteok". These desserts are beloved for their chewy texture and the versatile ways they can be flavored and served.

🍡 Let's Explore Mochi: The Quintessential Japanese Sticky Rice Dessert

In Japan, mochi is made from a special type of rice called "mochigome", a short-grain glutinous rice. The process of making mochi involves soaking the rice overnight, steaming it, and then pounding it into a smooth, sticky paste. The paste is then shaped into round or square shapes and can be filled with sweet fillings like red bean paste or even ice cream. Mochi is often dusted with a fine coating of potato or cornstarch to prevent sticking.

One popular mochi dessert is "daifuku", which is mochi filled with sweet red bean paste. Another variety is "sakura mochi", a pink-colored mochi filled with red bean paste and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf, traditionally enjoyed during the cherry blossom season.

Variety of colorful Japanese mochi desserts with descriptions

🍚 Dive into the World of Tteok: Korea's Beloved Sticky Rice Dessert

In Korea, sticky rice desserts or "tteok" are made from a variety of grains, but the most common type is made from glutinous rice. The process of making tteok is similar to that of mochi, involving soaking, steaming, and pounding the rice. However, tteok comes in a wider variety of shapes and sizes, from thin and long to thick and round.

One popular tteok dessert is "songpyeon", a half-moon shaped rice cake filled with sweet fillings like sesame seeds and honey, traditionally enjoyed during the Korean harvest festival, Chuseok. Another variety is "tteokbokki", a spicy and savory rice cake dish commonly found in Korean street food stalls.

To better understand the process of making tteok, let's take a look at this tutorial video.

As you can see, making tteok involves a unique process that contributes to its distinct texture and taste. Now, let's move on to discussing how you can make these sticky rice desserts at home.

👩‍🍳 Ready to Roll? Making Your Own Sticky Rice Desserts at Home

Both mochi and tteok can be made at home, although it can be quite labor-intensive, especially if you're planning to pound the rice manually. However, there are easier methods using a food processor or a mochi machine. For a unique twist, you can try making a matcha sticky rice dessert, where matcha powder is incorporated into the rice before it's pounded, giving the dessert a vibrant green color and a distinctive tea flavor.

Matcha Sticky Rice Dessert

You will need:

  • glutinous rice2 cups of glutinous rice
  • cup of water1 cup of water
  • matcha powder2 tablespoons of matcha powder
  • cup of sugar1 cup of sugar
  • cornstarch1/2 cup of cornstarch


  1. Start by washing the glutinous rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Soak the rice in a bowl of water for at least 2 hours, then drain.
  3. Place the drained rice in a steamer and steam for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and sticky.
  4. Transfer the cooked rice to a food processor and add the matcha powder. Blend until the mixture is smooth and the rice has turned green.
  5. In a saucepan, mix the sugar with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  6. Slowly pour the sugar syrup into the rice and matcha mixture, mixing well to combine.
  7. Dust a clean surface with cornstarch and turn out the sticky rice mixture onto it. Flatten the mixture with a rolling pin until it's about 1 inch thick.
  8. Cut the flattened mixture into squares or your preferred shape, dusting each piece with more cornstarch to prevent sticking.
  9. Let the matcha sticky rice dessert cool completely before serving.


This dessert is best enjoyed fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you prefer a less sweet dessert, you can reduce the amount of sugar.

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Whether you're a fan of Japanese or Korean desserts, or you're simply curious about Asian cuisine, trying out sticky rice desserts can be a fun and delicious adventure. From the chewy texture to the sweet and sometimes savory flavors, these desserts are a testament to the culinary creativity and tradition of Japan and Korea.

Japanese and Korean Sticky Rice Desserts Quiz

Test your knowledge about Japanese and Korean sticky rice desserts!

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David Tanaka
Tea Farming, Matcha, History, Gardening, Sustainability

David Tanaka is a third-generation tea farmer from Uji, Japan, the birthplace of matcha. He has a deep understanding of the cultivation and processing of matcha, from the shading of the tea plants to the grinding of the leaves into a fine powder. David is passionate about sharing his knowledge and love for matcha with the world.