Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

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Here’s an ultra-quick tip from a Japanese magazine. Sometimes I make a lot of onigiri, for a picnic or a party for example. I usually like to stick to the basics and wrap them in nori seaweed. The problem with that is that they all look the same from the outside, so the only way to identify what a particular onigiri’s filling is to crack it open slightly! That can get a bit messy.

The ‘why didn’t I think of that’ simple solution: Just put a tiny amount of the filling on top of the onigiri, as I’ve done in the photo. Not only does it show what’s inside, it makes the first bite into the onigiri that much more tasty. I think it also looks rather cute!

For these onigiri, I used brown rice, and my mother’s homemade umeboshi, which she brought along all the way from Japan. Beautiful, aren’t they?

Homemade umeboshi

Check out her recipe for making umeboshi over on Just Hungry!

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Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

What a simple but brilliant idea! Your photos are lovely, especially the homemade umeboshi. They look incredible...makes me want to try homemade, but I don't think I could come by fresh ume that easily in the UK!

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

It's such a genius idea! The small amount of filling placed on the top of the onigiri makes the onigiri look even more delicious. Thank you very much for sharing.

You've made me nostalgic!

My aunt's mother-in-law used to make umeboshi, and they always seemed so special. I love knowing how to make my own, although I have to admit, I'm kind of daunted. But I'll have to give it a try - the picture of your mom's is making my mouth water!

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

Brilliant! How something so obvious could be overlooked by so many is a mystery. And here in the South there are "wild" plum trees that make small red plums no more than an 2 inches around that are mostly sour even when fully ripened-do you think those could work? I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to find shiso seeds to plant but...I a bundle of green shiso stems in a grocery store in San Fransisco that survived 2 days without water and a flight across the country, and I have been able to get them to root! I'm hoping they will do well enough to make seeds for next year.

Lovely

Lovely pictures, excellent tip!
Thank you very much!

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

I did that with the first batch of onigiri I made because I made a bunch of different types and didn't want to have a "box of mix chocolates" experience, lol! (you know, where you get a box of chocolates and everyone pops of a corner or a bit of the underside to see what the filling is so they don't get one they don't like) It worked out pretty well except for the ones with a bit of very dry tuna salad salad in them, I figured in the future I would just make tiny "t"'s out of nori and put on those.

I wish my onigiri would turn out that great looking.

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

I love your brilliant tips and ideas! I sometimes freeze onigiri and don't remember what's in... You can be sure, i will follow your advice!

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

When my husband and I lived in Cairns Queensland, there were tons of Japanese restaurants, and one of these specialised in Onigiri. My friends and I loved that place (just a stall in a mall type place) and they did something similar so you knew what was inside them.

Great idea for making them at home though!!
Thanks for sharing!

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

Kaii,Do I HAVE to Put Rice Whine [Rine is what im Gonna Call it] in My Sushi Rice if i Want to Make Onigiri?

Re: Quick onigiri tip: Show what's inside on the outside

Onigiri are not made with sushi rice (rice flavored with vinegar). You may want to see the onigiri FAQ.

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