Happy Girls’ Day!

Chi Chi Dango (Mochi)

Chi Chi Dango, photo courtesy of hawaii.edu

Happy Girls’ Day! Girls’ Day is a day to celebrate girls (hence the name). It’s a Japanese custom and is sometimes called the Peach Blossom Festival or Doll Festival. It always falls on March 3rd and is a day celebrated to ensure a daughter’s future happiness. Young girls usually have a set of dolls (at least the really traditional Japanese families do) that is usually handed down through the generations. My sister and I each have a doll or two. Our family isn’t as traditional, so there wasn’t a big ceremony with the dolls like they supposedly have in Japan. To celebrate, we’d usually make mochi (Chi Chi Dango) to take to school to share with our classes and friends. Mochi is Japanese traditional food made of sweet glutinous rice.

In grade school, the boys used to let the girls go to lunch first and they would put our chairs up for us at the end of the day. It’s just a fun celebration all around.

For those readers wondering about the boys, their celebration day is in May. Although, it’s now widely called Children’s Day – sorry boys.

So, in honor of Girls’ Day, here’s the mochi recipe we like to use in our house – it’s simple and fast (thank you Mr. Microwave!).

Easy Micro Mochi

1 box Mochiko (sweet rice flour)

2 1/4 Cup sugar

2 Cups water (subtract from water however many extra ounces of coconut milk there is in can)

12 oz can coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-3 drops of red or green food coloring

potato starch

Grease or spray 2 microwavable tube pans. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except potato starch. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared tube, put tube into casserole dish filled with water; cover entirely with plastic wrap. Microwave at high power for 10 minutes. Let stand until cool. Flip mochi onto surface dusted with potato starch, slice with plastic knife.

Happy Girls’ Day!!

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