This Japanese snack uses specialist ingredients that are widely available in oriental stores and the ‘posh’ sections of supermarkets. It’s an easy, tasty and sophisticated dish that goes well with chilled oriental beer. Serves 1 to 4 – just increase the quantities if you are feeding a crowd.

2 tablespoons red miso (fermented soy bean paste)
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine used in cooking)
1 tablespoon sake (Japanese rice wine)
1 egg yolk
2 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
4 mochi (rice cakes)
1 tablespoon white and black sesame seeds, lightly toasted

1. Mix together miso, mirin, sake, egg yolk, spring onions and salt.
2. Place the mochi on a greased baking tray, and grill on both sides under a moderate heat until they are puffed up and golden brown. Take care not to burn them.
3. Spread each mochi with the miso mixture, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
4. Return the mochi to the grill, and cook until the miso mixture is heated through. Serve immediately as a hot snack.