Thursday, August 2, 2012

Onigiri お握り Japanese Rice Balls

I recently made some onigiri for our trip to the Dendenongs. Just to refresh your memory, this popular picnic fare also featured in the bento boxes I mentioned before (see here).

Though the number of sushi takeaway shops could easily rival that of the 7-11 in Melbourne, very few actually have them on offer except for the few Japanese run ones (unfortunately the majority are run by Chinese... go figure).

They are dead easy to make especially if you have one of those plastic moulds. But before you rush out to get one of them, check out your local Japanese or Korean grocers first as they are often free with the purchase of furikake (rice seasonings)

I have prepared 3 different fillings for my latest batch of onigiri. Grilled eel, tinned salmon and mushrooms are just a few delicious alternatives you might want to consider.

makes 5 each
you'll need;
3 cups of cooked rice, keep warm
2 sheets of nori

filling 1; 
meat from one roasted chicken maryland, chopped
3 tbs of chopped cucumber
1 spring onion, chopped
3 tbs of kewpie mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

filling 2;
10 g of dried bonito shavings
2 to 3 tbs of soy
1/2 tbs of toasted sesame seeds

filling 3;
1 karashi mentaiko, removed eggs from membrane
a little chopped chives
1/2 tbs of toasted sesame seeds

To prepare the fillings - mix ingredients for all 3 fillings in separate bowls.

Loosen the freshly cooked rice and allow the rice to cool slightly before handling.

If using a onigiri mould, place some rice into the mould, make a little hole and fill with about a tablespoon of a particular filling, top with a little more rice and flatten with the second part of the mould.

Alternatively one may form the rice balls using wet hands.

Fold a small sheet of nori seaweed over just before serving.

They might not look like much but it doesn't take long to discover the hidden treasures.

Seen here with some meza gohan (mixed rice), please come back for the recipe tomorrow.


  1. Hi tummy!!!! sedapppppp! i suke onigiri walau hanya nasi di seasonkan dgn garam pastu wrap dgn nori pun i suke sgt onigiri! most fav dlmnya guna mentaiko :D but sini mentaiko mahal :D meriah betul onigiri tummy, sukeee!!

  2. Omg!!makcik sangat suka sangat nasi kepal jepun ni tetapi tak tahu nak buat.Kali ini sudah tahu resepinya:)rupanya sangat senang..Thank you Tummy.


  3. RR
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    แล้วบินออกไปเต้นรำบนท้องฟ้า ในขณะที่เกล็ดของนกฟีนิกซ์ค่อย ๆ ตกลงมาจากด้านบนผู้พิทักษ์จะคว้าโอกาสชั่วชีวิตเพื่อรวบรวมเกล็ด
    โดยตาชั่งจะแปรสภาพเกล็ดเป็นหยกเพื่อมอบเป็นรางวัลให้แก่ “ผู้พิทักษ์ฟีนิกซ์”


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