MOSHI MOSHI COOKING: Recipe to Make Kawaii Animal Rice Balls & Workshops to be Held in France and UK

07.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

This is a special edition of Kaori’s featured character recipe series. For this recipe, you’ll learn how to make kawaii animal rice balls with rice and different ingredients.


Putting herself to the challenge for this special edition is Yuna Yabe! Making cute-looking food isn’t something she normally does. Will she be able to pull it off…?

Ingredients & Tools:







Salmon flakes

Heart-shaped pick


Kitchen scissors

1: Cook the rice

Today we’ll be cooking authentic rice in the microwave using a microwavable rice pot by HOME COORDY. Soak the rice in water and place it into the microwave for 10-minutes for freshly cooked rice!

Yuna: “I’m amazed you can make rice so easily with a pot and a microwave.”

2: Prepare the rice

Yuna will be making three different animal onigiri (rice balls), so prepare three separate plates for each.

3: Mix one portion of rice prepare from step 2 with salmon flakes

There’s no correct way to portion the bonito flakes, but in this recipe Yuna mixed in about one tablespoon.

4: Place the rice from steps 2 and 3 into clingfilm and roll into a ball

5: First we’ll make a smiling bird. Here’s what you’ll need.

Face: Rice

Mouth: Corn

Eyes: Black olives

Cheeks: Ham

Crest: Pick

6: Cut the olives for the eyes and ham for the cheeks

7: Now to arrange the face. Use two pieces of corn for the beak and place on the eyes and cheeks from step 6.


8: Place in the heart-shaped pick for the crest and you’re done!

Be careful! If you put the beak on too low the face will look too long! Be sure to place it close to the eyes and cheeks.


9: Next up is making a bear. Here’s what you’ll need.

Face: Rice

Ears & Mouth: Cheese

Eyes & Nose: Black olives

Cheeks: Ham

And pasta to fix the ears in place.

10: Cut olives for the eyes and nose, cheese for the mouth and ears, and ham for the cheeks.


11: Arrange the face with the cut ingredients just as you did with the bird. Push pasta into the places you want to put the ears.


12: Push ear-shaped cheese onto the pasta to make the ears.

Our bear is done!


13: The last animal is a pig. Here’s what you’ll need.

Face: Rice (mixed with salmon flakes for that pink colour)

Nose & Ears: Ham

Eyes: Black olives


14: Cut olives for the eyes and nose and ham for the ears and cheeks

15: Arrange the face with your ingredients.




Here’s our three finished rice balls. The cutting was all done with scissors (instead of a knife!) so even people who aren’t good at chopping can challenge themselves to this recipe


We are attending Japan Expo in France and Hyper Japan in the UK this year. In the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON area there will be the AEON booth where you can join a free workshop to make your own rice balls! It’s your chance to master the creation of kawaii onigiri with the help of your cooking sensei. Places are limited, so be sure to stop by!


This recipe was made with products by Topvalu, a private brand of AEON. For more details on their products, please visit their website below. (Japanese only)



Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27

I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27




Japan Expo

Running: July 5, 2018 – July 8, 2018

Venue: Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center

Official Website:


Hyper Japan

Running: July 13, 2018 – July 15, 2018

Venue: Olympia London