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polished rice ice cream

i had this at a festival stall in japan... it was subtle, smooth and delicious.

how would you make it?

i have a few ideas but would love some thoughts.

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  1. no thoughts on toasting or not? not thoughts on crushing it up into a powder and integrating it in? no thoughts on soaking it in cold milk? no thoughts on hot soaking/cooking it in milk or cream.... nor any with regards to how to polish rice at home?

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      I can think of a couple of ways:

      1. ground the rice in water to make a rice milk
      2. add ground rice to the ice cream base as it cooks.
      3. mix toasted ground rice into a cooled base or as it freezes.

      I think the toasting is only necessary if you either don't plan to cook the rice or if it adds flavor. Rice milks are made with cooked or uncooked rice.

      The issue with adding rice flour while cooking the base is that it will thicken very quickly and with very little rice.

      1. re: icecone

        thanks for the thoughts. for some reason it didn't occur to me how the rice flour might thicken the mixture since everything i've never added a powder to ice cream base before.

        rice milk might be the best option.... i'm hesitating to use egg yolks in it as it might taint the flavour and already threw out the idea of any vanilla in it just because of how subtle the flavour really was. unfortunately my ice cream maker functions better with a custard base :/

      2. re: pinstripeprincess

        As far as I know, all white rice is polished - the term polish refers to the removal of the bran/husk/etc. that is still there with brown rice. No need to do it yourself, just use white rice.

        1. re: biondanonima

          it is polished, but one can polish rice more. by removing more of the outter layers you'll get to the sweeter core which influences the flavour. sake is often measured by this, what percentage has been polished away as an indicator of it's quality.

          i'm also wondering how much extra polishing might contribute to the flavour of such a bare bones ice cream.

      3. Was it a nondairy ice cream or dairy? I've not had it, but am curious. I want to say there was a Rice Gelato in David Lebovitz' The Perfect Scoop? Not sure.

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        1. re: amyzan

          it was dairy. the place had maybe 20 ice cream flavours with the usual and then the usual in japanese cuisine but a slightly unique like taro and polished rice (essentially the rice that you steam).

        2. This from Wikipedia:
          Ice creamMain article: Mochi ice cream (mochi is polished glutinous rice)
          Small balls of ice cream are wrapped inside a mochi covering to make mochi ice cream. In Japan this is manufactured by the conglomerate Lotte under the name Yukimi Daifuku, "snow-viewing daifuku". In the United States the grocery chains Trader Joe's, H Mart, and Mollie Stone's sell mochi ice cream in flavors of chocolate, mango, coconut, green tea, coffee, red bean, vanilla, and strawberry. Mikawaya, a Japanese-owned company operating in Los Angeles, manufactures the variety that is sold by Trader Joe's and Mollie Stone's. The New Central Market in Anchorage Alaska provides a variety of mochi and mochi ice cream products throughout Alaska. The Pinkberry, Yogen Fruz, Yogurtland, Smackers, Menchie's and Red Mango frozen yogurt chains also offer mochi as standard topping on their desserts (with Red Mango offering it on their secret menu), available upon request from customers. International frozen yogurt chains that offer mochi as a topping include Indonesia's J.CO Donuts.

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          1. re: blue room

            But, the OP said nothing about the rice being glutinous?

            1. re: amyzan

              No, she did not specify. Since that kind of rice is used for desserts I thought maybe this could be what she had tasted. I am in the dark about "rice ice cream"!

              1. re: blue room

                it's not mochi ice cream. i enjoy mochi quite a bit in its various forms and have had the ice cream filled mochi on various occasions, but this was not it.

                this was quite plainly ice cream, "polished rice" flavour.