Sunday, November 9, 2008

Making Onigiri, the Cute Way

Japanese food is my all time favorite and its also one of my favorite past time to make sushi and onigiri; or also known as rice balls. Hehe. It has been ages since I last made them and usually I do not cook alone. This time, I cooked it all by myself. Hahahaha and it was during my actual birthday when I did this. I feel... accomplished, nice... but a little weird. Haha.

Here are some easy steps to make
onigiris :) But before that, make sure you have the japanese-style rice, japanese vinegar, water, food fillings and seaweed (optional) and most importantly, a pot or a rice cooker. Haha.

#01 Rinse the rice
Must rinse okie! At least once or twice or not you will see insects floating around in the water later. You would not want to eat it. Haha. Tips! Do not throw the water away, use it to water your plants. You can also use it for facial mask if you want.

#02 Cook the rice
Please make sure that you put the correct amount of water. If you put too much, the rice will turn out watery and over moisture. If there is not enough water, the rice will turn into rocks. How to make sure its the right amount of water to put in? As for me, I'll follow my mood. Haha. I'll usually make sure that the water level is double of the rice's level. Do some simple math. If the rice is 200ml, then put in 400ml of water. That is how I cook lar, which is always correct. If you ask me what do I cook best, I would say rice. Seriously ;p If you prefer stickier rice, add more water la.

#03 Preparing food fillings
While cooking the rice, you may want to prepare your food fillings. This is what I used (picture above) for my
onigiris. I'm not sure what is that called but you can buy that in 100 yen shops or Isetan supermarkets (prices vary a lot though!). Other food fillings are like ebiko, egg, cucumber, crab stick and bla bla bla. Depending on your own preferences.

#04 Cool rice yo :)
After you prepared the fillings, I guess its about time when the rice are done. Lift the pot with gloves, please dont miss this out, or not you will burn your fingers. Then, pour in vinegar. Do not put in too much, maybe two spoons of it. Then, Stir it well. Hahahahaha and I do cheat a bit in this step, I usually test the taste of the rice if its okay. If its not, I'll add more vinegar until I'm happy with the taste ;p The more you add, the sweeter your rice will be. You must add the vinegar when the rice is still HOT. Its easier for you to stir well them anyway. Do that until you are satisfied with the taste then leave it to cool down. I do not encourage you to cool it down in the fridge cause it will dried up the rice lar.

#05 Moulding it!
Once the rice is cooled down. It is ready to be molded :) Please wash your hands again. If you want to make traditional onigiri without moulds, these are what you need to do. Make sure you wet your hands a little, place a scoop of rice on your hand (with or without gloves). Then, use two hands to play with the rice. Hahaha not a very nice term though. Mould it until it looks like a fat and thick rounded edged triangle rice ball. Hehe.

If you have moulds, wow! The process of making these onigiris will be so much faster and easier. Just stuff the rice into the moulds only ;p See pictures below.

Taadah! And there you go. Cute and plain
onigiris :)

#06 Adding flavors
Remember the food fillings? If you want to add flavors to your
onigiri, this is what you should do. Pour the flavoring into another bowl of rice and mix them well. I do this later because I want to have more flavors :) If you want to have only one flavor and lesser steps, do this before you mold the rice.

And actually, that's about it! Very easy right? But to make the
onigiris cuter, follow this extra step.

#07 Why you so cute one?
Get a sauce pen, or triangle plastic bags specially made for icing drawing. Fill in with sauces like mayonnaise (I dont like!) or
wasabi! :) Next... You start doodling the your rice balls!

Cute or not!!! Hahaha. If you have nothing better to do, or have more time and effort to make them even cuter, you can cut seaweeds or other food to decorate your
onigiris weh. Hahaha. I dint have much time the other day and therefore I did only very simple ones. I will take some time to buy more food fillings to make my onigiris even cuter and tastier :)


Masterpiece on the last Sunday. Will make more soon once I have the time! Very yummy okay, not just cute. Now, tell me your special or creative guides and ideas on making onigiri! :D

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Comments on "Making Onigiri, the Cute Way"


Anonymous cindysaid... (November 09, 2008 7:02 PM) : 

thanks for the molds and the other stuffs haha

its so fun!

my secret to making the rice balls more delicious is that i put salt and sugar into the rice after the vinegar part.

try it cuz it will make the plain ones so much tastier...


Anonymous shesaid... (November 10, 2008 9:52 AM) : 

so cute!! i have no secret cause i do not make them. hhaha. anyway what is the purple's colour flavour?


Blogger .:Baby Gin:.said... (November 10, 2008 10:50 AM) : 

i bought new moulds!! whahahaha. its a girl and a boy


Blogger Firdauz takes fivesaid... (November 10, 2008 12:33 PM) : 

OMG!! they're so adorable and cute!

I want!

faster do for me please!


Anonymous Charlessaid... (November 10, 2008 1:06 PM) : 

I usually dont leave comments but this entry is just to cutedelicious. Does it taste nice? I mean honestly?


Anonymous Arielsaid... (November 10, 2008 6:15 PM) : 

Hey if you remember who's annjoe, its her sister here. :D i was wondering where u got ur molds? it's really cute! :)


Anonymous vvenssaid... (November 11, 2008 11:15 PM) : 

cindy : haha okok i'll add them another time :)

she : i think its flower, it taste like them.

gin : ahaha i cannot resist to buy more. i got doggy and rabbit! damn cute. where did u get the girl and boy?

firdauz : damn cute right!

charles : YES. they taste real good, really!!

ariel : hi i remember you :) i got most of them online. you can buy them in ebay! :)


Blogger .:Baby Gin:.said... (November 12, 2008 7:04 AM) : 



Blogger Ruionkohsaid... (November 12, 2008 3:13 PM) : 

Micheal Vi Jacksam,
Didnt know MJ knows how to make sushi. For all his/her beloved KIDS? XD XD tsk tsk!


Anonymous karensaid... (November 12, 2008 5:54 PM) : 

oh dear, i'm so hungry right now :(


Blogger Jessicasaid... (November 12, 2008 10:13 PM) : 

finally a recipe of onigiri that i can understand!


Blogger Jazlynsaid... (November 14, 2008 7:08 PM) : 


wanna meet up with the lepakers?

we are planning one!


Blogger 孤单的孩子said... (November 14, 2008 10:07 PM) : 

haha....nice receipt...will try it future...actually i seldom cook...only now cook maggie mee...haha


Blogger Booppisaid... (November 15, 2008 9:52 AM) : 

hahaha damn cute eventho they dont look like that.. but way to go!! I WANT ONE!


Anonymous vvenssaid... (November 15, 2008 10:07 AM) : 

gin : i asked my aunt to buy one more set jor! :)

ruinkoh : haha i really like that name you gave. hehe.

karen : i'm hungry too. haha.

jessica : really? i thought this is really simple though. haha.

jazlyn : let's talk in MSN!

孤单的孩子 : maggie mee is everyone's all time favorite. hahaha.

booppi : where do you want to go?! hahahaha.


Anonymous Y.Yee_Zacsaid... (November 16, 2008 8:54 AM) : 

Waaaaaa~~~~ So cute...
Looks delicious too..
Nice molds.. Is that mold especially for sushi or jelly???
hmmm... hehe


Blogger vvenssaid... (November 19, 2008 11:18 AM) : 

zac : they are specially for rice one. not jelly! hehehe :)


Blogger ニコラスsaid... (January 19, 2009 2:32 PM) : 

nice wor... so cute...
taste dunno reli gud o nt o..jk jk
XD hehe
anyway 加油 lo.. try more new stuff....


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