Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books / pages I’ve read so far: 1 / 150
I didn’t read anything today since I had a funeral to attend. So hopefully tomorrow I can get caught up on everything.
Literary Cuisine Challenge
So I thought since the only book I’ve read so far has been a indie manga from Japan that I’d share one of the ‘recipes’ from that. One of the characters, Shuto, is stuffing his face full of Onigiri (rice balls) at the beginning of the first story so what better recipe to share than that.
There are a lot of different types of Onigiri, but I’ll do a simple recipe for the typical triangle one with white rice.
- 4 cups of short-grained uncooked rice (Japanese rice works best of course!)
- 4 1/2 cups of water
- 1 cup of water (For a different reason than the 4 above)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup of bonito shavings (dry fish flakes)
- 2 sheets of Nori, dry seaweed cut into long 1/2 inch strips
- 2 tbl of sesame seeds
- So you’ll want to wash the rice until the water becomes mostly translucent. Obviously rice absorbs water quickly so you’ll want to do this quickly – washing, pouring out the water, and repeating (or use a strainer). Once that’s done combine the rice with the 4 1/2 cups of water in a pot and boil, remembering to stir occasionally. Once at a boil, put a lid on it and shimmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, you want the rice to absorb the water. Once that’s done let the rice rest and steam for another 15 minutes, this allows the rice to get tender.
- Put 1 cup of water in a bowl with the 1/4 teaspoon of salt. You’ll need this to dampen your hands while handling the rice.
- Divide the rice into equal portions. For this amount 8 should do, but of course if you make more or less just adjust it.
- Take one of the portions and divide it in half. Create a small crater…(indent? dimple?) in it and fill with a teaspoon of bonito shavings. Then simply put the other half over the top and press it lightly so that it closes over. Then gently shape it into a triangle.
- Wrap the Nori on the bottom of the rice ball and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. (The Nori is so that you don’t have to hold sticky rice in your hands).
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you’ve made all the onigiri you want!
So there you have it! If you don’t like fish flakes (can’t blame you) you can actually use other things for filling like actual fish, plums, or really anything. You can look up popular onigiri fillings and find a ton!
I believe I got this recipe from Allrecipes.com – Onigiri