It’s time for another recipe from my mother-in-law! She was super happy when I made this for friends, following her directions…mostly! I made some in the style she taught me, and some in a more Americanized way. That’s right, I had to add chocolate. You can make any versions you like. If you’ve never had mochi, I can best describe the texture as being like a marshmallow–kind of chewy, but softer in the middle. The actual mochi tastes pretty neutral. You get a bit of the coconut milk flavor, but most of the flavor comes from the filling. So, go nuts! Or go chocolate! Or something else!! I provide ideas for fillings and coatings below. Let your imagination dance.
This recipe is a bit dangerous, I should warn you. I have worked with serrano peppers before, so I know how they are. I used that one instead of a jalapeno because it is mild enough for the weak palates in my family. But, when I made the curry paste with the serrano and dried chiles…something was extra spicy! I must have washed my hands at least 10 times before the spice wore off them. I would recommend wearing gloves to be safe. A lesson for next time! Because, yes, we will make this again. The other fun parts for this recipe included the shrimp and the pineapple.