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Asia Dish #1: Onigiri March 11, 2011

Filed under: Asia,Cooking,Home Favorites,Recipe — waterwalkerla @ 9:55 am

Ok. Before we moved to Louisiana, I used to babysit for the two most adorable kids. Anja and Mitchell’s Dad is Japanese, so they’ve grown up eating some Japanese foods, learning some Japanese, watching some Japanese cartoons, and even visiting Japan! Well, sometimes when I would babysit, their dad would make something for us to eat while Him and his wife were gone. The first dish I had there was Onigiri, Japanese rice balls! The kids loved them, and I loved them too! So when we decided to do Asian meals, this was my pick, and the first thing we did! It was great! And it was so much fun to make, and involved lots of laughter!

A smiley Face made from Onigiri 🙂

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups steamed Japanese rice
strips of dried nori (seaweed)
salt to taste
sesame seeds
*for fillings:
Leftover meat, or salmon, chicken, or pork
a little bit of Hoisin sauce to sweeten the meat
Steam rice. Put about a half cup of steamed rice in a rice bowl. Mix in the rice wine vinegar and sugar.
Wet your hands in water so that the rice won’t stick. Rub some salt on your hands. Place the steamed rice on your hand and put your favorite filling on the rice.
Push the filling into the rice lightly. Hold the rice between your palms. Form the rice into a round, a triangle, or a cylinder by pressing lightly with your both palms. Roll the rice ball on your hands a few times, pressing lightly.
Wrap the rice ball with a strip of nori or sprinkle some sesame seeds on them.
“Uh-oh, we’re running out of room on the tray, time to start eating!!” haha Love you Mom! 🙂
Note: we made bite-sized balls, but you can always make bigger ones!

One Response to “Asia Dish #1: Onigiri”

  1. […] She has also been cooking a bunch.  Some of her recent recipes include Onigiri […]

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