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!
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…
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.
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!)