Japanese Rice Balls/日本飯糰

I’ve been watching Masa’s cooking a lot recently, I love his cooking because all the food he cooks looks so pretty and delicious. It is been raining whole day today, so I decided to make his rice balls at home since I couldn’t go out anyway.

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Sushi rice 1 cup

Green peas 20 pieces

Roasted seaweed sheet 1 piece

Seasoned Capelin roe 3 tbsps

Cooked Salmon fish 4oz.

Mayonnaise 2-3 tbsps

Instant dried seaweed 1 tbsp

Rice seasoning 2 bags

Direction:

Cook the rice in a rice cooker.

Use a fork to break the salmon fish into smaller pieces then add mayonnaise and mix well.

Add some hot water to a small bowl then add the instant dried seaweed, drain the water after a few minutes. Make sure the seaweed is as dry as possible.

When the rice is ready add 1/2 tsp salt to the rice and mix well. Start making the balls when the rice is still warm, if you wait till the rice is cold then they wont stick together.

Add one bag of seasoning and peas to 1/4 of rice and mix well in a bowl. Wet your hands with a little bit of water so the rice won’t stick to your hands. Get 1/4 of rice out of the bowl, spread them in the middle of your left palm, add some salmon to the center, then get another 1/4 of rice from the bowl to cover it up. Fold your palms together to shape the rice to any kind of shape you like.

Add seaweed and Capelin roe to another 1/4 of rice in a bowl, then repeat the steps as above.

After you are done with all of them, use a scissor to cut the roasted seaweed into different strips, then use them to wrap around the balls we just made.

This is really something fun and easy to make.  You can do any kind of shape and size. You can make something else to wrap inside the balls. It will be a lot of fun if your children join you too!

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