Omusubi is another name for onigiri rice balls, that quintessential Japanese food, perfect for bento boxes, a quick lunch, or a snack. This recipe uses the yaki-tarako flavoured omusubi rice seasoning, but any product from the same range will also work just as well. Yaki-tarako is roasted and seasoned roe, a popular and common ingredient in Japanese culture that is often used in sushi and for flavouring rice.
Start by cooking your rice. You can follow our sticky Japanese rice recipe here if you need more information how to cook Japanese rice using a normal saucepan.
Once the rice has cooked and cooled slightly, measure out approximately 320g (or 2 normal sized bowls worth) of cooked rice into a larger bowl and add 2 sachets of the rice seasoning.
Mix the rice seasoning with the rice until it has a good even consistency before grabbing a handful and shaping it into a triangle with your hands. It’s a good idea to wet your hands before shaping as the rice is very sticky!
Finally, place a few onigiri on the bamboo leaf and wrap it up before carefully tying it up with string. And there it is, a perfectly presented authentic Japanese dish!