Fluffy Spring Okowa with Bitter Flavored Ingredients Using the Microwave


Pointers from Rie

  • After a cold winter, detox your liver by consuming spring vegetables that taste bitter.
  • Soak mochigome [mochi rice, glutinous rice, sticky rice, or sweet rice] in water overnight so the rice will be fluffy when cooked.
  • Spring vegetables are soft so avoid over cooking.
  • Mochigome is sticky after cooking. By using the microwave, the texture becomes chewy and light.

Ingredients [4 people]

Glutinous rice (mochigome) 2cups
Dried shiitake mushrooms
Water 200cc
Chicken breast 1/2(150g)
Fresh burdock 1/3(50g)
Carrot 1/5(medium size)
Snow peas 5 or 6
a)Boiled bamboo shoots
  Boiled sansai wild vegetables
  Dark soy sauce


  • Wash mochigome and soak for about 3 hours or overnight. Drain in a strainer.
  • Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in water to soften and cut into small cubes. Save the water used to rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms.
  • Cut the chicken breast into cubes (1 cm); Cut the burdock and carrot into small cubes (5 mm).
  • Boil the snow peas in salt water; cut into long strips. Cut bamboo shoots into quarter-rounds.
  • Heat the water used to rehydrate shiitake mushrooms using medium heat; add chicken, burdock and carrots to the water. When carrots are softened, add a) and b). Cover with lid and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Put mochigome in a microwavable bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and cook for 6 minutes at 600w.
  • Add boiled soup from 5) to 6) and mix well; cover with plastic wrap and heat 6 minutes at 600w.
  • Add ingredients (chicken and vegetables) from 5) and mix well; cover with plastic wrap and steam for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with snow peas.

MOA Products Used

Mochigome, chicken breast, mineral sugar mild, Zuiun dark soy sauce], and salt [Umikko]
This recipe was published in the magazine “Paradise” No. 79 (Spring 2020).