Updated: Sep 17, 2020
One of our most popular menu items, onigiri, or rice balls, are perhaps, the quintessential Japanese snack food. Eaten throughout Japan by people of all ages, onigiri are both simple and delicious. They are also incredibly versatile, able to be customized to fit almost any taste or flavor palette with only a few simple adjustments. They are also relatively easy to make, requiring no necessary special equipment. To make onigiri, all you really need is cooked, short grain white rice, a little bit of salt, and water.
First, make sure that the rice has had some time to cool after cooking. This does two things-- the cooled rice has a slightly tougher texture, so it will not get mushy too quickly when you stir the salt in, and also will make it comfortable to handle when rolling onigiri with your hands.
Transfer the rice to a large bowl and add the salt. You can either salt by taste, wherein the rice should be noticeably but not overpoweringly salty, or by weight. To salt by weight, add 1 teaspoon of salt per pound of cooked rice.
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