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.

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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:

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Recipes that use sweet rice flour (chapssalgaru):

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30 Comments:

  1. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,773 comments

    foodie,
    yes, I use sweet rice powder to make porridge for kimchi paste.

  2. foodie& has 2,258 comments

    hi maangchi,

    im so sorry i forgot to ask you if i can use the one i mentioned earlier(sticky flour?) to use it to make kimchi?

    thanks inn advance…=)

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,773 comments

    foodie,
    There are 2 kinds of rice flour powder: sweet rice flour and plain rice flour. It depends on what kind of rice cake you make. For example, of my recipes, to make songpyeon, you will need plain rice flour (short grain rice), but if you make gyungdan, you will need sweet rice flour which is stickier than plain rice flour.

  4. foodie& has 2,258 comments

    hi maangchi, i bought sticky flour because the vendor told me it is used for making rice cake….can i used it? is it the same as sweet rice flour?

  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,773 comments

    anria,
    I think so. Glutinous rice powder is sweet rice powder.
    Good luck with your rice cake!

  6. anria& has 2,258 comments

    hey maangchi i realy want to make rice cake can i make rice cake with thai glutinous rice powder

  7. Chev& has 6 comments

    Hi Deborah,

    What is the purpose of using glutinuous rice flour in making kimchi? Thanks!

  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,773 comments

    nina,
    I don’t think so, please ask your question on the Forum. I’m not familiar with tapioca powder. Someone else may give you good answer.

  9. nina& has 2 comments

    I was wondering if i can use tapioca flour instead of sweet rice flour?? thank you!

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,773 comments

    Alexa,
    No, mochico powder is sweet rice powder (glutinous rice powder). It’s too sticky to make songpyeon shape.

  11. Alexa& has 1 comment

    I love this site, I’m so glad I found it! Thanks for posting all these recipes.

    I was wondering: Can I use Mochiko to make Songpyeon? Or does Songpyeon use a different kind of flour? Does it need to bre frozen?

    Thank you again so much!

    Alexa

  12. catherine& has 2 comments

    dear magangchi
    btw thanks rice cake receipe was awesome
    love cath

  13. catherine& has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can i use cornflour instead of sweet rice flour to make kimchi?
    thanks
    cath

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,773 comments

    Jen,
    Glutinous flour is sweet rice powder! You can use it to make porridge. You could use even plain flour if you don’t have glutinous flour.
    Yes, you can use Japanese cucumber,too.
    I don’t think chili powder could replace with hot pepper flakes. Chili powder has its own strong flavor.

  15. Jen& has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can i use glutinous rice flour instead of sweet rice flour to make kimchi?

    By the way i couldnt find dill cucumber can i use japanese cucumber?

    And is hot pepper flakes same as chili powder?

    Hopefully i can make some nice kimchi like yours.

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