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Onigiri (also known as omusubi) is a Japanese snack, that is very tasty and easy to make.
I have written this recipe using the easiest methods available and is my first recipe so I am sorry if its hard to understand. But i felt i needed to do this after i got quite a few questions about how to make these lovely snacks.WARNING
: Please remember to be careful when cooking; get a parent or guardian to help you.PREPERATIONIngredients
1 Cup of Japanese Sushi RiceJapanese rice is different to normal rice, it is shorter and goes sticky once boiled, it sadly isnt very easy to find in English supermarkets, though I have seen it in the world section at Tesco in small bags, sometimes its available in local Chinese stores and it is always available from Japan Centre. But wherever you get it from, you have to make sure it is Japanese rice, otherwise it wont stick together.
Sachets of FurikakeFurikake is a rice seasoning available in many flavours from Japan Centre. It can come it singular sachets, bigger sachets, multipacks and small glass jars. I would recommend a multipack if you dont know what you like because you can then try a few different flavours.Specialist Utensils
Onigiri/Sushi MouldThis is in the shape of a triangle and is a plastic mould that comes in various sizes and shapes; you can get them in hearts, starts, teddy bears etc. Though in this I am using the traditional triangle. You can buy moulds from various places on the internet, here is a triangle one from JBOX
StrainerCOOKING GUIDEQuick Guide
Boil some Japanese rice, strain but dont wash, add furikake and put it in onigiri mould, pop it out and enjoy.Step by Step Guide1.
Get a saucepan and get some water boiling, I would recommend about filling the saucepan about half way up with water, otherwise it may overflow once the rice gets going.2.
Get your cup of Japanese rice and add it to the boiling water, some people recommend to wash and soak the rice before cooking it, but were going for the easy option here. 3.
Boil the rice for about 5 minutes, though depending on the brand of rice it may take longer or even less time. The way I gauge it is try a bit of rice and see how it tastes (dont burn your mouth though, blow on it first), it shouldnt have any hard bits in it, at this point it is likely to be done, though another way to know is suddenly the water level will change as the rice expands and the bubbles will go all big and try to overflow, eeekkk! I often make a mess of the cooker at this point4.
Now drain the rice with the strainer, just poor everything in to the strainer over a sink and let it drain, DO NOT
wash the rice, this will ruin the rice as Japanese sushi rice is sticky and is what helps it all join together, you dont want to wash away the stickiness now do you. Now leave it for a few minutes to cool down a bit as the next few steps can get quite hot.5.
Put the rice into a bowl and add the furikake to your desired taste, furikake can be ordered from Japan Centre and comes in many flavours, my personal favourite being tamago which is Japanese for egg, but I always try different ones, and have so many in my cupboard.6.
Yay! the final stage, get your mould, wet it slightly first and put in the rice, do not under fill it with rice or it will fall apart and dont over fill it because it will mush together, so I normally fill it to the top and make sure it is not heaped, use the lid of the mould to squeeze it together and leave it for a minute or two, now some moulds have leavers to push the onigiri out which is very useful. After a while you can make it without a mould but for most of us being new to this I recommend using a mould. You can of course skip this step and just have a nice bowl of furikake and rice, thats what I normally do being lazy.
Using one cup of rice you can normally make about five pieces of onigiri, though, that does depend on the size of the mould and what you call a cup. ^^ You can also wrap a bit of nori (seaweed sheets) around the bottom of it, it looks really nice if you do that, and you can add fillings aswell, but i will talk about that once i get better t it.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Now please enjoy your home made Japanese food, and remember to be careful with hot water, get a parent or guardian to help you.
And in true Japanese style