This is a traditional Shanghainese dessert that I grew up eating. It has a beautiful name in Chinese: 心太软 (a heart too soft) due to the soft mochi center and natural sweet flavor from the jujube date. If you don't have jujube dates, you can substitute with medjool dates. I hope you enjoy this blood-nourishing, naturally sweet dessert!
Steamed Mochi Stuffed Dates | 心太软
VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE | NUT-FREE
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6 medjool dates or jujube dates 椰枣/大枣
2 tablespoon (20g) rice flour 米粉
3 tablespoon mochi flour (30g) (glutinous rice flour) 糯米粉
water or milk (as needed) 水/奶
Osmanthus flower or other dried edible flower as garnish (optional) 桂花/食用花
Cut the dates open in half and remove the pit.
Add both flour in a small mixing bowl and add liquid slowly until it forms a smooth dough.
Roll the dough into small strips to stuff between the two halves of the dates.
Prepare your steamer. When the water starts to boil, place the dates in the steamer and steam for about 5-8 minutes until the center is cooked. Option to garnish with dried flowers.