Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Onigirazu (Japanese Rice Ball /Sandwich)

What is Onigirazu? For the benefit of those that has never come across this term, "onigiri" means Japanese rice ball, and this reinvention of wrapping rice with seaweed has evolved into another form. Rather then the usual round or triangular shape, onigirazu takes on the shape of a flat rectangle, much like a rice sandwich in seaweed. :)

I think this is such a fabulous idea if you ask me. So much easier for busy mums to prep this! And my kids are such onigiri fans, they can eat this everyday. So I reckon I post this up so all you mummies or just onigiri fans can try this out. ;) I got the idea from none other then my favorite Japanese Chef, Masa. 

This is just a short post to show how to wrap up the onigirazu because I find it a little challenging if I had not see the online instructions. Note that the filling ingredients used can changed according to your preference.

Ingredients for Onigirazu (serves 2 -3 pax)
3 sheets of seaweed
500 g cooked sushi rice
  •  Cooked from 1 cup of raw rice. Once cooked, add 1 tsp Japanese rice vinegar and 1 tsp mirin

200 g fresh salmon, washed 

1 Japanese cucmber, peeled and 
5 crabmeat sticks, shredded and mixed with 1 tbsp Japanese mayo 
1 large beaten egg
  • Mixed with 1/2 tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp mirin. Cooked at low fire on non stick pan. Dish out and fold in to a square form about 5 cm by 5 cm

  • First, place a plastic sheet on your clean work area. The plastic wrap must be at least 4 cm longer (length and breadth) then the seaweed sheets.
  • Place the seaweed sheet over the plastic wrap, centralize it.
  • Scoop about 100 g of the cooked sushi rice and place in the middle of the seaweed sheet.

  • Using your rice scoop, arrange the rie so that it is squarish form as shown above. Making sure you leave some allowance on the corner edges.
  • Next you add on the ingredients you want. I am using salmon mayo this time. Salmon is sautéed, flaked and added with 1 tbsp Japaese mayo, 1/4 tsp salt, dash of pepper and 1/2 tsp sugar. Mix well and use. 

  • Next arrange the cucumber strips over the salmon mayo.

  • Lastly pile on about 70 g of sushi rice over the cucumber. Bare in mind that we should try not to pack too much ingredient in the onigirazu, else you might just end up not being able to wrap it up nicely. :P

  • Press it gently so the rice is packed down on the other ingredients. Next you wrap up the onigirazu. Fold in the corners one by one.

  • You can wet the edges with water, but I find the seaweed tends to wrinkle very fast. So I suggest just let the moisture from the sushi rice to stick the seaweed together.

  • Next use the plastic wrap and wrap it up the whole onigirazu. Make sure it is tight so that the sushi will hold its shape when it is cut later.

  • Let the sushi sandwiches sit for 5 to 10 minutes or when you are ready to eat them before you cut them up. Do not unwrap, just cut together with the plastic wrap still on. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients till all is used. Feel free to double the ingredients for a larger party.

  • Serve the onigirazu as is. The kids will love them! Great for that quick lunch or even picnics. :9

I used mostly the basic ingredients. You can use avocado, egg mayo and even teriyaki pork belly can be used too. Yummm!

Do try this out and let me know how you like it! So simple and so good. ;)

Have a great day ahead guys!


Angie's Recipes said...

Easy peasy and very tasty! I think I still have some seaweed sheets that must be used up ASAP, and this seems like a perfect one to fix a lunch.

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

What a great idea! Never seen sushi made like this before. Can't wait to try this for my kids :)

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

What a great idea! Never seen this kind of sushi before, can't wait to try it for my kids :)

Peng said...

After seeing ur post, went to buy a new pack of calrose rice!

Unknown said...

Hello there. I was wondering, won't the seaweed become chewy by the time they have it? Otherwise this will make a really good bento lunch option.

Unknown said...

What the is Japanese mayo made of?

Unknown said...

This looks fantastic! What is the Japanese Mayo made of? Can you mix it together at home?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Bridget, I just googled and I found this link:

Perhaps that will answer your question? Have a good day~!