Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Gomaku Onigiri

19.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.


In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Pompompurin gomaku rice balls that’s perfect for picnics and lunch boxes. Gomaku is a mix of minced meat and vegetables with rice. These rice balls can be made easily with ingredients found in stores or at the market.


1. Ingredients

Store bought gomaku rice mix (五目ごはん)

Rice (I used 2 cups)

2 eggs


1/2 meatball

Pasta (cooking instructions below)


2. Mix the gomaku rice mix into the rice.

3. Divide your rice mix into two portions, shape into a head for Pompompurin’s face, and leave to cool.

I made a video for you to follow the next steps!

1. Frying the egg

①Whisk the egg and then strain through a strainer, using a fork to push through any remains.

②Add the starch which has been dissolved in water into the strained mix.

✩By adding watered starch it makes the egg less likely to break and easier to wrap later on.

③Lower the temperature of the pan from medium down to a low heat.

④Once the temperature has fully come down add the egg and ensure it covers the entirety of the pan.

⑤After turning the pan around lower the heat again. Once the egg has fully set, turn off the stove and put on a lid to let the egg cook with the heat of the pan.


2. Place the cooked egg onto some cling film, add the rice mix, and wrap into a ball until fully sealed.


3. Use the leftover egg from the seal to cut out some ears for Pompompurin.


4. Use half of a store-bought meatball and fix to the top of Pompompurin’s head with fried pasta to make a hat.


To make fried pasta, add the length of pasta required to a frying pan without oil and cook by starting on a low heat and slowly bringing to a medium heat. Turn off the stove once the pasta has coloured slightly.

Use the remaining heat of the pan to cook until browned like in the photo below. Fried pasta is a useful ingredient for various recipes where you need to fix decorations onto food, so be sure to try it out with other things too.

5. Use seaweed to make his eyes and nose and ham for the cheeks.

And your Pompompurin is finished!


The fried egg can be prepared the day before meaning you can make up your lunch box nice and quickly in the morning. It’s super convenient learning to make a good use of the ingredients you have at home♡


Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!