Learn to make one of Japanese cuisine's favourite snack foods with this onigiri recipe. Onigiri are balls of rice, usually wrapped with nori seaweed and containing a meat or vegetable filling. Much like sandwiches in the West, onigiri are readily available in convenience stores across Japan and are great for a quick and easy snack. Aesthetically pleasing and really tasty, they are a fun and filling alternative to sandwiches for lunch.
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Begin by cooking the Japanese rice according to your favourite method.
With a small amount of salt sprinkled on your hands, mould the rice into small balls or triangles approximately 8cm wide.
Create a small well in the centre of the rice and put in your choice of ingredients. Then mould the rice with your hands around the well to cover your filling completely.
Using a sheet of nori seaweed, wrap up your ball of rice.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds or cut up shiso leaves to put on the rice for a little extra flavour (optional). Enjoy for a snack or during lunch.