How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

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Onigiri (“oh-nee-gee-ree”) are Japanese rice balls and today I’m going to show you how easy they are to make!  As I was working on the material for this post, I realized that I’ve been writing about onigiri for a long time on this little piece of the inter-webs of mine.  I’ve been writing about the […]

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Bakeries, Kombini, & Rice Balls, Oh My!

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Tokyo is full of lots of things, like people (12.989 million as of 2009) and buildings.  But it’s filled with a lot of other things too.  Check out the newest video in my Japan video series where I share what some of those “other” things are.  In this video I also answer a question which […]

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Nikuman—Japanese Steamed Pork Buns

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Nikuman Makes 8 buns For the dough: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup warm milk For the filling: 4 ounces ground pork 1/3 onion, finely chopped 1.5 ounces boiled bamboo shoots, finely chopped 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce 2 teaspoons […]

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Zakkoku Mai Onigiri—Japanese Mixed Grain Rice Balls

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Inevitably when I make a pot of rice to go along with dinner we don’t eat it all.  More often than not, the rice that is left over isn’t enough to accompany another meal.  So what to do with that little bit of leftover rice?  This conundrum presented itself the other day after we had […]

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Onigiri—Squirrel’s Favorite Oyatsu

Today is Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) in Japan, the Japanese Doll Festival , or Girls’ Day, held every year on March 3, the third day of the third month. I love this holiday because it is a day when families pray for and celebrate the happiness and prosperity of their girls. Being the mom of two little […]

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Bento Bound—FM’s Tuna Onigiri

FM’s Tuna Onigiri Makes 4 rice balls 2 cups freshly cooked Japanese rice (any short grain rice will do), kept warm 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3 tablespoons canned tuna, drained 1 tablespoon hijiki 1. Place the hijiki in a small strainer and rinse. Place in bowl of warm […]

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