Soup, teriyaki, kebabs and, of course, mochi. The Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s Sukiyaki dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Tacoma temple. The 53rd annual fundraiser event raises money to support temple projects.
The dinner is prepared and cooked to order by temple members. Sukiyaki is the main dish. That’s a one-pot Japanese soup filled with thinly-sliced beef, noodles, tofu and vegetables. Also on the menu will be teriyaki chicken and beef kabobs.
Dessert plays a starring role at the temple event (and also at the temple’s Fall bazaar). The members are known for their handmade daifuku mochi - sweet rice cakes filled with sweetened bean paste.
However, there’s a new treat that’s becoming popular among temple members: Mochi cupcakes. Think of those as the pastry cousin to daifuku mochi. Made with rice flour, the cupcakes can be filled with sweetened bean paste. The texture is more dense and also dryer than typical cupcakes.
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Temple members have supplied a recipe here for making the mochi cupcakes at home.