Easy Muah Chee Recipe

Rice Cooker Muah Chee Recipe

My son shares my love of muah chee, a chewy treat similar to Japanese mochi. We rarely make it out of the Japanese market without a package of mochi, which is expensive to buy but cheap to make at home. This easy muah chee recipe requires only 4 ingredients and can be made in one bowl and cooked in a rice cooker or Instant Pot. My kids have been making this since age 4!

Muah Chee Ingredients

For those with peanut allergies, this recipe calls for Kinako, a Japanese roasted soybean flour commonly used to dust warabi mochi or desserts in Japan. It has a light nutty flavor and is slightly sweet. You can find Kinako at most Japanese Markets. 

My grandmother had a sweet tooth but due to health problems, her sugar intake was restricted. I have fond memories of us sneaking out to get muah chee from the street vendor. If you find yourself in Taipei, make sure to check out Beitou’s Market (北投市場) where you can find the best muah chee made fresh daily. Each piece is made to order with your choice of filling and toppings. All of them are my favorite. I like to use kinako powder in place of ground peanuts since it’s naturally a little sweet without adding additional sugar to the recipe.

Muah Chee kinako package

This muah chee is so easy, you just mix all the ingredients and steam in a rice cooker or Instant Pot. Once it’s done, you must use chopsticks to mix to improve the texture. Then turn the muah chee out onto the prepared cutting board and dust with kinako.

Muah Chee Stir
Muah Chee Spread
Muah Chee Cut
Muah Chee Stall
Famous muah chee seller inside the Beitou market
Muah Chee
Sesame and peanut filled muah chee, similar to Japan’s daifuku mochi
Muah Chee Cut

Easy Muah Chee Recipe

Jeanne Chang
Make this fast and easy Taiwanese treat in a Rice Cooker or Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or rice cooker
  • small mixing bowl
  • large cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 100 grams Mochiko – glutinous rice flour or 1/2 cup + 2 TBSP
  • 50 grams sugar or 1/4 cup
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • Kinako or ground peanuts with sugar

Instructions
 

Rice Cooker Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves. Pour into rice cooker pot. Cook on regular rice setting. (If you have a Zojirushi, I prefer the umami setting)

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
  • Pour one cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place a steaming rack in the pot and the mixing bowl onto the steaming rack. Cook on the rice setting.

Preparing Cooked Muah Chee

  • Muah Chee should be slightly translucent when cooked. If it’s white then continue to steam it. Once the batter is ready, use a pair of chopsticks or rice paddle and stir for a couple minutes. This will give the muah chee better texture. (The Muah Chee will be very hot so this step is for adults only.)
  • Allow the Muah Chee to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle your kinako onto a large cutting board. Using a silicone spatula or rice paddle, turn out the muah chee onto the kinako. If it's too soft or sticky, let it cool a few more minutes.
  • Sprinkle more Kinako over the top. Cut into cubes with a knife or scissors. Toss with more Kinako to keep the Muah Chee from sticking together.
  • Best eaten the same day.

Notes

*Mochiko is short grain sweet rice flour that can be purchased at Japanese/Asian markets. Safeway carries it.
**Kinako is Japanese roasted soybean flour commonly used as a dessert topping in Japan. It has a light nutty flavor and is slightly sweet. You can find Kinako at any Japanese Market. You can replace kinako with sesame seeds, coconut flakes, or ground peanuts and sugar.

Recipe Tips:

Do not try to double the recipe or you will have to cook twice in your rice cooker. Please note that if you reduce the sugar, the Muah Chee will have a bitter aftertaste. Enjoy the same day because Muah Chee does not store well, it will sour overnight and turn hard if refrigerated.
Keyword asian dessert, asian snack, chinese Dessert, mochi, muah chee, Taiwanese dessert

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