Sweet rice flour

Chapssalgaru 찹쌀가루

There are many different kinds of rice flour (ssalgaru) but sweet rice flour (chapssalgaru) is made with sweet rice (also known as “glutinous rice” although it contains no gluten) and is used to make sticky rice cakes like gyeongdan. I also always use it in the porridge I make for kimchi.

The Japanese word for “sweet rice flour” is “Mochiko,” and I often use the popular, high-quality Blue Star Brand from Koda Farms in California:

Mochiko powder (sweet rice flour)

This is Korean-made sweet rice flour:

sweet rice flourAssi sweet rice flour

One of my readers, Josephine, told me that she makes good chapssaltteok with these brands:

Recipes that use sweet rice flour (chapssalgaru):


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  1. guocuozuoduo My profile page joined 1/11
    Posted May 25th, 2011 at 2:52 am | # |

    “mochiko” is not a brand, it’is the japanese name for “glutinous rice flour”.

    • Krynauw Otto Pretoria, South Africa My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
      Posted November 24th, 2013 at 4:19 pm | # |

      “Mochiko” is Japanese for “sweet rice flour.” This is the popular and high-quality Blue Star Brand from Koda Farms in California:

  2. herkullinenelama Finland My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted May 6th, 2011 at 11:36 am | # |

    hi maangchi, I went to the local supermarket and they only had “rice flour” and no “sweet rice flour.” Could I use just the rice flour to make

    • Cheonyong Indonesia My profile page joined 4/11
      Posted May 7th, 2011 at 2:22 am | # |

      umm, if you cannot find rice flour, try to find glutinous rice flour..
      it’s just same…
      sweet rice = glutinous rice = mochi rice….
      if you cannot, using rice flour for kimchi is ok, but not if you using it for other dish such as songpyeon, etc…

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