When I think of food that “sparks joy”, to borrow the phrase of a well-known house organiser, I don’t think of multicoloured cakes or the smoke and dance of Mexican restaurant sizzlers. It’s the fun, playful chewiness of the Japanese glutinous flour rice cakes called mochi that I want. Often they’re sweet, filled with adzuki beans or peanuts, but they can also be savoury, as in today’s recipe. Here, they are fried like pancakes to give them a toasty, crisp exterior before being coated in a deeply flavourful and dark sesame sauce.
Sweet potato yaki mochi with black sesame sauce
You’ll need glutinous rice flour which you can buy from most Asian grocery stores and online from the likes of Sous Chef, and black sesame seeds, which will likely be found in the same place, as well as larger supermarkets. This makes a lot of sauce, so keep