Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
Pokemon Legends Arceus Potato Mochi Cover

Pokémon Legends: Arceus was released last month, and I’ve really enjoyed the unique gameplay. The game feels much more like a traditional RPG rather than a standard format Pokémon title. The customisation options have been really fun, and help personalise your experience. However, one recurring theme throughout the game is the celebratory meal after you complete each mission. You, Rei, and the professor head to the Wallflower for some of Beni’s famed food. In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, potato mochi is the food to eat. They make it look so delicious, and clearly it must be pretty good if they keep coming back. So, I figured… Why not try to make it myself? I documented every step so you can make your very own potato mochi at home!

Beni's enthusiasm.
I love seeing Beni’s enthusiasm for potato mochi!

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Potato Mochi Ingredients

So, the first thing you’ll need to do is get your ingredients ready. I’d never made anything like this before, so I found a recipe online, and then modified it to be more like the ones in the game. For example, the original recipe uses seaweed wrapped around the mochi, but Beni’s ones don’t have anything around them. I did take some creative licence, and added chives which Beni probably doesn’t use in his. The Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi are simply golden brown, and I think if he’d used chives it would have shown. Still, it really enhanced the flavour, so I recommend it! You will need:

  • 2 medium/ large potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut milk (or other plant-based milk of your preference)
  • 6 tablespoons of plain flour
  • Chives (optional)
  • Seasoning of your choice (I chose salt and onion powder)
Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi, ingredients.
Here are all my ingredients (except seasonings).

I chose to make these potato mochi vegan for two reasons. Firstly, Miltank does not appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and therefore the Hisuian people would have no way of getting dairy-based milk. Secondly, the game preaches respect and compassion for the pokémon, and therefore I think they’d try to eat a vegan diet. You don’t see them chowing down on Walrein burgers or Glameow meatballs, after all! Also, the original recipe uses potato starch, but I couldn’t find any in the shops near where I live in the UK. As such, I used plain flour instead, and just used more to account for the fact it would be less effective.

Step 1 – Cooking the Potatoes

So! The first thing you’ll need to do is get your potatoes ready. To do this, firstly give them a quick wash in the sink to remove anything that might be on their surface. You don’t need to be too careful about this, though, as you won’t be eating the skins. Use a paper towel to dry them, and keep that paper towel handy afterwards. Use a fork to prick the skin of the potato in several places; this ensures it won’t explode when you cook it. Then use the damp paper towel to wrap the potatoes, and place them in the microwave for 5-7 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. If you don’t have a microwave, you can cook them in the oven at 200°C, but this will take longer, as you’ll need to cook the potatoes for an hour, flipping them half way through.

Microwaved potatoes.
They’ll be very soft once they’re cooked, and the skin should slide off pretty easily.

Once this is done, you need to peel them, and place the insides of the potato into a bowl. You have three options for peeling. Firstly, you can use a knife to slice the peel off, using a fork to hold the potato in place. This method can be a little time-consuming, but it’s the most effective. Secondly, you can slice the potatoes in half, and then use a spoon to scoop out the insides. This method is a bit quicker, but you may well end up with quite a lot of potato still stuck to the peel. Thirdly, you can wait for the potato to cool a bit, and then use a peeler whilst holding it in your hand. I don’t recommend this method as it will change the texture of the potato as it will have time to cool, making it harder to mash in the next stage.

Step 2 – Mixing in the Seasoning

Now, in the recipe I was following, they didn’t use any seasoning at all. However, I didn’t like the sound of bland food, plus it didn’t seem realistic. The Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi is described as tasting incredible. I figure Beni must use his own special blend of seasoning to make his mochi special, and I tried to think about what that might be. In one scene in the game, Ursulana finds a missing person just by using the scent of potato mochi. Therefore I figured there must be some pungent aromas involved, and I used that as the basis for my own. I chose onion powder, salt, and a handful of finely chopped chives. I expect Beni would have used a fancy Hisui ingredient, so the chives are my version of what that might be.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi, seasonings.
Here are all my seasonings, ready to be mixed in.

Using the back of a fork, mash together your cooked potato, and then add your seasoning on top. Use a generous sprinkling of salt and onion powder, and vary the amount of chives based on your personal taste. Of course, this is just my interpretation of Beni’s potato mochi, so you can use different seasonings if you prefer. Once they’re added, mash it all together really well, so that there are no more sections of plain potato visible. You want the seasoning to be fully incorporated.

Step 3 – Forming the Dough

Here’s the tricky part. It can be very difficult to get this right, and honestly I didn’t have quite the right consistency for mine. However, I’ve adjusted the amounts for this recipe, and I’m confident that it will work better with more flour. That’s why this recipe uses an extra tablespoon of flour compared to what I used. Pour 3 tablespoons of coconut milk (or other plant-based milk) on to your potato. Mash it in, and you should get a consistency resembling a puree. Then, add 3 tablespoons of flour, and mix in. At first your dough will feel crumbly and you’ll think you’ve used too much flour, but you haven’t. Keep mixing until you have a sticky dough.

Forming the dough.
I poured my milk and was ready to add the flour.

Add another tablespoon of flour, and mix. Do this again twice more until you’ve used a total of 6 tablespoons of flour. You want your dough to be squishy and slightly sticky, but it shouldn’t cling to your fingers when you touch it. If it’s still too sticky, gradually add more flour until it’s the right consistency. It should hold its shape, but you’ll need to be able to handle it easily. Once your dough is perfect, move on to the next step.

Step 4 – Shaping the Mochi

This was pretty difficult for me, but only because my dough was too sticky. Assuming that you used the right amount of flour, this shouldn’t be too hard a step. Using your hands, grab a small chunk of the dough (about the size of a small peach). Roll it around in your hands till it’s the shape of a ball, and then press it slightly to make it rounded at the sides but flat on the top and bottom. It should still have a decent thickness to it, about 2 centimetres. Place it carefully on your work surface.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi, forming the shapes.
Mine aren’t perfect because the dough was too sticky to work with.

Do the same for the rest of the dough until it’s all used up. Now, if you’re left with a small amount of dough at the end, don’t make a tiny little half-mochi. That wouldn’t cook properly, and would probably burn. Instead, divide it up, and add a little bit to each of your existing mochi. You may need to reshape them if that’s the case. You’ll probably get messy fingers whilst shaping them, so wash your hands before moving on to the final step!

Step 5 – Cooking the Mochi

Okay, your Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi are nearly ready! The final step is to cook them. First, pour some oil in a pan. I used coconut oil as I thought the subtle taste would work well with the existing flavours, however pretty much any other type of oil would also work. You’ll need to make sure there’s enough oil to coat the base of the pan, but you don’t want it to be deep. Put the pan on the hob at medium heat, and wait for the oil to heat up. Once it’s heated, carefully place your mochi inside, making sure they’re not touching. That’s important because they can meld together if they’re touching whilst they cook.

Make sure to arrange them carefully.
Make sure to arrange them carefully.

Leave them for about a minute, or until you see them starting to brown at the sides, and then flip them. To do this, get a spatula, and slide it underneath the mochi to lift it. Once they’re all flipped, gently press on the top to flatten them a bit more. This will help them cook more evenly. Leave them for another minute, before flipping again. Each side will want at least another 30 seconds, or up to a minute if you’d prefer them to be brown and crispy. Once you’re happy with their colour, remove the pan from the heat. Place a sheet of paper towel on a plate, and use your spatula to dish the mochi on top. This will soak up any excess oil.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi, cooking them.
After the first flip they should be a gentle golden brown on top.

After this, serve them up, and you can eat them however you please. You may wish to drizzle some soy sauce on them, or perhaps have garlic butter to dip them into. You may even want to just enjoy them as they are. Find whichever way works best for you.

Conclusion

I had a lot of fun making these Pokemon Legends: Arceus potato mochi! The taste was incredible, and the texture is essentially like a dumpling. I definitely felt like I was getting the full Hisui experience. I could imagine being served up a plate of these in the Wallflower, and munching them down before setting off on a quest for the Survey Corps.

If any of you make these, I’d love to hear about it! You can tweet a picture to me, or share it in our Facebook community. Have you been enjoying playing Pokémon Legends: Arceus? What food from a TV show, movie, or game would you like me to cook next? Let me know! And don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway for Mushroom Wars 2!

Draining off the oil.
Here they are! The paper towel helps to drain off any excess oil.

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2 thoughts on “Pokemon Legends: Arceus Potato Mochi – Let’s Cook!”
  1. I’m not sure why you didn’t use the soy and mirin sauce part of the recipe. This is what’s supposed to taste and smell so great about potato mochi, and is visibly on the mochi Beni serves in the game – it’s similar to teriyaki sauce with a combined sweet and salty flavour. The recipe you’ve created sounds tasty, but I would call it potato cakes with chives, not potato mochi. If you can find cornflour/cornstarch, it’s a good substitute for potato starch as a thickener.

    1. Thanks very much for your comment! I don’t personally enjoy sauces (the drizzle of soy sauce was on my husband’s one) so I didn’t want to cook the mochi in it as I knew I wouldn’t like it. Plus I didn’t realise that it was on Beni’s mochi, I thought they were served as they were! Thanks for the cornflour suggestion, I’ll bear that in mind for next time 🙂

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