A recipe for photogenic food#3 “Japanese Style Onigiri Pinchos”

10.December.2016 | FEATURES / FOOD

This feature is made possible by Arisa Shirai, a coking specialist who posts regular photos of her gorgeous food via her social media. She makes every day recipes look photogenic with her small twists.

 

This time, Arisa will change Japan’s soul food, the “onigiri” (rice ball), into stylish looking pinchos.

 

■Ingredients

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・Rice 180g

・A little salt
・2 umeboshi (dried plum)
・4 shiso (beefsteak plant)
・Shirasu (whitebait) 10g
・Salmon 30g
・Red shiso furikake
・1/2 cucumber
・Broccoli sprouts 3g
・Bamboo skewers

 

■How to Prepare
①Add a pinch of salt to the rice and add the furikake.

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②Divide the rice into 1 portion sizes of onigiri (1 = approx. 30g).

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③Add your favourite toppings. Here are 3 different kinds.
1. Shirasu/Ume/Shiso onigiri

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2.Rice wrapped in thinly peeled cucumber with salmon on top.

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3.Rice mixed with red shiso furikake wrapped in shiso

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④Decorate them by finishing them off with a fork or bamboo skewer

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If you don’t have any of the above ingredients, you can use any of your favourite toppings and improvise! It’s an easy-to-make party food, so please try it out for yourself.

■Arisa Shirai

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Visual food creator & charaben researcher. Arisa Shirai shows how fun it is to make and eat your own homemade food.
Instagram: arigohan
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/arinko0917/


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    5:Wrap the seaweed on the rice ball as shown in the photo. Use sliced ham for Korilakkuma’s rice ball. This time, I also used frill lettuce as shown in the photo.

     

    Arrange the shape of the bottom line of the ham/lettuce to make it look like a kimono.

     

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