Rice Flour

sNiXx
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Hello everybody

Well, this is my first post in this forum and I hope you can help me out with a tiny little problem...

I read about the yatsuhashi, which I have longed for ever since my holiday in Japan, so I wanted to try it out myself and went out to buy rice flour.
But the problem is now, that I bought unsweetened rice flour...
Now my question:
Is it even possible to make yatsuhashi without sweet rice flour / can I add a sweetener like sugar ?

Thanks in advance.

Andy

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maki
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Re: Rice Flour

Well, the name 'sweet' rice flour doesn't mean it's sweet like sugar, it's a term used for short grain, glutinous (sticky) rice. For yatsuhashi, you do need the sticky sweet rice flour or a mixture of sweet with regular rice flour, or the dough will be rather tough. Here's my yatsuhashi recipe. But you can use the regular rice flour for other things and it doesn't go bad that quickly...so maybe you can keep the regular rice flour for something else, or just use it to thicken sauces and so on.

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sNiXx
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Re: Rice Flour

Ok... that makes perfect sense. I'll order the glutinous rice flour and some other frequently used ingredients. Thank you for the advice - I really like your recipes and ideas!

btw: Where do you buy your ingredients for Japanese recipes? It might be helpful since I live not far away from Zürich myself ;)

maki
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Re: Rice Flour

I actually wrote about this a little while ago - Where I shop for Japanese /Asian Ingredients in Zürich. Besides those, I order a bunch of stuff from Japancentre.com once every few months or so (the final price including shipping is not that different from buying from Nishi's!) Also, the Zürich, Switzerland section of this page. The Indial grocery store listed there has some real (and not-bad) miso, surprisingly, plus they are the only decent source of taro roots.

sNiXx
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Re: Rice Flour

Your site really is great, lots of interesting topics!
I've known about Japan Centre since my holidays in London last year, I almost passed hours in there - everything is so fascinating.

Thank you very much for your advice and your time - I'll follow suit and shop at nishi's and japan centre.

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