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15th-Apr-2009 11:15 pm
Since I don't eat fish, I make this fake tuna that involve chickpeas and various other ingredients meant to simulate the fishy taste of the original--soy sauce, dulse flakes/granules, etc. Anyway, I was reading about onigiri (rice balls) today and decided to make some for my lunch tomorrow.

I cooked the calrose (sushi) rice with just water. No vinegar or sugar like they put in it for sushi.

Then I surrounded a dab of fake tuna with the rice and formed it into a triangle. A strip of nori (dried seaweed) is wrapped around the bottom and up both sides to give you somewhere to hold the onigiri while you eat it.

I'm taking two for lunch tomorrow with some Greek yogurt and walnuts. I stuck the rest away for Friday's lunch and snacking this weekend. Mmm... tasty. If you're a meat-eater, then you can always put salmon or real tuna inside instead of my wacky vegetarian concoction.

Also, let Percy Sledge break your heart...

16th-Apr-2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
link for recipe?
16th-Apr-2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
The onigiri? It's just calrose (sushi) rice prepared as per the package directions. After it has cooled enough to handle, you dip your hands in salty water and form a handful into a ball. Then you make an indentation and put whatever filling you want in the middle. Apparently, pickled plums are a traditional Japanese filling. I can't hang with that. They also like to use salmon or salmon flakes. Anyway, after that, you wrap the rice around it so it is contained inside. Shape into a triangle and put a piece of nori on the outside so you can hold it without getting rice all over your hand.

Oddly enough, I like them better when they are cold. I had one last night hot and it was good, but the two I saved for lunch today were directly from the fridge and they were sooo tasty.

Here's a YouTube video on it...

16th-Apr-2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Your sushi looks cute!

Ah, I love Percy Sledge, When a Man Loves a Woman does it for me everytime.
16th-Apr-2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Let me just say, I *love* food posts...
The onigiri look delicious. I would try that with salmon...

16th-Apr-2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
It was most excellent when I ate it for lunch directly from the fridge. I didn't heat it up, and I had no idea cold rice could taste so good.
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