Food - Drink
Hawaii's Butter Mochi Is The Sweet, Chewy Treat You've Been After
By HOPE NGO
Hawaii’s cuisine is defined by dozens of different immigrants who made the islands their home, and non-native ingredients are used very frequently. One of Hawaii's most popular desserts, butter mochi, borrows its name from Japanese rice cakes, and its textures and flavors from a Filipino rice cake called bibingka.
Butter mochi is baked, cut, and served like a brownie or bar cookie, but it’s made of sweet or glutinous rice flour called mochiko, much like other types of mochi. Another ingredient that makes butter mochi's flavor pop is coconut milk, which takes the place of cow's milk, and of course, generous amounts of butter are also included.
To make butter mochi, the ingredients are mixed and baked for 75 to 90 minutes until golden brown, and different flavorings may be added. Japan has its own version of butter mochi, but it is steamed and not very cake-like; it is more similar to a category of traditional sweets known as "wagashi," which includes many rice flour creations.