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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    Method
    1: Make naporitan and white sauce in advance. Cut the naporitan into small pieces.
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    1: Add the Milkmake and fresh cream to a bottle.
    2: Shake the bottle until the mix becomes thick.
    3: Pour the mix over milk, top with a strawberry, and enjoy!

     

    2: Colourful Cream Soda @miki__718

    Miki’s made a serving of several colour and cute cream soda drinks. This is another easy recipe where she added coloured syrup to soda poured into cute glasses.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Soda ・MONIN syrup ・Ice cream ・1 strawberry

     

    Method

    1: I recommend using MONIN syrup to make your colourful soda.

    2: Mix together the soda and MONIN syrup, then add a dollop of ice cream and finish with a strawberry!

     

    3: Strawberry Cream Cider @onew_tc72

    Chihiro’s beverage is a cream soda with fresh fruit inside. If you’re looking for a fruity drink then this one’s for you.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Strawberries ・Vanilla Ice Cream ・Soda ・Thyme (for decorating)

     

    Method

    1: Slice the strawberries into small pieces.

    2: Add the cut strawberries into the soda and spoon in a large dollop of ice cream.

    3: Adorn with the thyme and a whole strawberry and enjoy!

     

    4: Mango Soda @lemmokit

    chii’s mango soda is made using a homemade jam. The orange drink looks super stylish with the giant ice cube inside. A cool and refreshing pick for those hot days.

     

    Ingredients
    ・100g mango ・15 sugar ・A squirt of lemon juice ・1 tsp rum

     

    Method
    1: Boil all of the ingredients together.
    2: Mix in soda and jam.
    3: Top with rosemary and drink up.

     

    5: Mikan Latte @hit0m._.mi

    HITOMI’s choice is the popular mikan latte! You can use sliced orange for the topping too if you can’t get your hands on mikan.

     

    Ingredients
    ・200ml milk ・Sugar to taste ・Yoghurt ti taste ・1 mikan ・Sliced mikan (for topping)

     

    Method
    1: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.
    2. Once smooth, add to a cup a finish with a slice of mikan or orange.

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