Many of you will be shocked to know that, a couple of days ago, I woke up and decided to cook! I’m not known for my cooking, but I do enjoy having a go. When I went to the supermarket last weekend, I picked up some ingredients to try to make my own onigiri (rice balls). The results weren’t bad at all!
Luckily, when I used to live in London I bought myself a rice cooker. Even more luckily, my mum kept it for me!
It’s a really nice one, although a little too big really. Still, I can’t cook rice in a pan at all, so I’m very happy to have a rice cooker!
So, first I set the rice off to cook. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to get Japanese sticky rice round here (by round here, I mean near to Bognor Regis). Most of the rice that is sold in normal supermarkets is long-grain rice. However, some (slightly nicer) supermarkets do have small “Asian” sections which usually stock “sushi rice”, i.e. Japanese sticky rice.
At Narita Airport I treated myself to some furikake (or “sprinkles” as I like to call them).
I didn’t see anything like that for sale in the shops around here, but I suppose I can make my own seasoning or fillings when these run out (or pay a visit to the Japan Centre in London).
So, after the rice was cooked I mixed some furikake in with the rice:
Then, using the tips from Just Bento, I put the rice into a plastic bag and used the corner of the bag to make a nice shape:
It was semi-successful! I think I need more practice though.
Finally, I wrapped the rice balls in half sheets of nori:
They tasted quite good, although perhaps a little stodgy. They didn’t look fabulous, but hopefully I can improve that with practice. 😀