1/3 Photos of Basic Onigiri
Onigiri! A staple in the Japanese boxed lunch (bento), it adds character to otherwise plain rice. Makes it easier to eat when taking your lunch with you. Also great with Ramen noodles! Use your imagination on onigiri, there is no end to the variety available. A great way to get rid of left over rice from a previous meal. Practice this one, it may take a few tries before you learn to make a consistent shape and size each and every time. It should look like a triangle with 3 dimensions. Brings back memories of Shinkansen stations =).
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- 1Let rice cool to where you aren't burning your hands when you handle it.
- 2Wash hands!
- 3Rinse hands and leave wet, and rub palms with salt.
- 4Take a handful of rice and ball with hands, using palm of left hand to form the base, and the palm and fingers of your right hand to form the two sides of a triangle.
- 5Toss and rotate so that the side that was on your left palm is now rotated to one of the sides on your right hand.
- 6Repeat until you have a nice triangle shape.
- 7Repeat starting with rinsing hands and salting hands.
- 8Wet hands do not stick to rice, which makes shaping the rice much easier.
- 9The salt adds flavor and helps to sterilize any bacteria.
- 10Consistency is key with the shapes and size, this will come with practice!
- 11Now that you have a basic rice ball, you can flavor with any of the optional ingredients or a mix: Sushi Nori- Simply wrap a piece of sushi nori around the rice ball.
- 12This is a very basic rice ball, and is seen in many boxed lunches.
- 14Chinese 5 Spice- I will often add a dash of 5 spice to the salt I'm using to add aroma and taste.
- 15Don't over do it, 5 spice becomes bitter if used excessively!
- 16Toasted Sesame Seeds- Sprinkle on top for aroma and taste.
- 17Can also use prepackaged Japanese rice dressing, sold in glass bottles to be shaken over rice for flavor.
- 18Ume-boshi or cooked fish- In one of the two flat sides of the onigiri, press a divot into it with a finger, and fill with the desired stuffing.
- 19Leave open or cover with a strip of sushi nori- not the ume boshi though!
- 20You don't want to choke on the seed if you didn't know it was there!
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Nutritional Facts for Basic Onigiri
Serving Size: 1 (0 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 0.0
- Calories from Fat 0
- Total Fat 0.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 0.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
- Sugars 0.0 g
- Protein 0.0 g
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