Many people who watched my rice cake videos that use frozen rice flour and who haven’t used rice flour before asked me many questions about it.
Rice flour (ssalgaru) is flour made from finely milled rice. Koreans usually use one of two kinds of ssalgaru for making rice cakes: chapssalgaru (sweet rice flour) and maepssalgaru. is made with short grain rice and usually sold frozen to keep it moist.
Traditionally in Korea and even today, most neighborhoods have a local mill where you can get grains and seeds ground and pulverized into powders, grains, oils, liquids and even cakes. So you can bring your sesame seeds to the mill, and they will make sesame oil from them for you.
- 1 pound (about 2 cups) of short grain rice