Posted in Home Cooking, The Wonders of Japanese Cuisine

In Which O-Nigiri are Prepared at Home…

What do we have here?

Last year, I bought an o-nigiri press for P 88.00 at Daiso.  Over the weekend, my kid sister talked me into buying a couple o-nigiri cases for P 88.00.  (Yes, also at Daiso!)  Now, really: we’ve never tried actually making these pressed rice-balls that seem to be part of just about every homemade bento featured in Lord-only-knows how many Japanese flicks, soaps, anime, and manga.

Until this morning, that is!

Press rice into molds...

It was quite simple really: just press some hot, just-cooked rice into the molds until they’re a bit less than half-full.  Then…

Add Vienna sausages (or anything you like)...

My sister used Vienna sausages for her o-nigiri, but you can pretty much use any bit of cooked meat, veg, and even pickles and cheese for this.  (Personal preference: hickory-smoked Spam, takuan [sweet-picked daikon], and Korean-style barbecued chicken strips!)  Put a good hefty layer of filling on top of the pressed rice, then tamp in more rice.  Carefully push out of the mold; if desired, you can dust the o-nigiri with some furikake (sprinkle-on rice flavorings) or wrap them in broad strips of nori.

Lunch lunch lunch!

Tuck into your lunch box and have a nice day!  😉  (Octopus-cut sausages, molded hard-boiled eggs, and cookie-cutter snipped meat and veg are optional, but will certainly make your meal incredibly – and edibly – adorable!)



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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