Happy National Rice Ball Day!
So have you tried rice balls?
A rice ball is the Japanese version of peanut butter and jelly. Everyone must’ve brought one in their lunchbox when they were little, and it’s going to be a very interesting topic of what is the best item to put in a rice ball. The choice is unlimited and each topping has huge fans. And now, I’d like to drop a little grenade in this topic: With what do you wrap your rice ball?
A lot of people would answer with roasted seaweed, nori, since it’s an original way of eating rice balls. But I recommend to wrap rice ball with sour plum pickles with perilla leaves:D Tangy rice ball with refreshing herby flavored rice ball…yes, I can hear you say “Mmmmmmm!”
So let’s see the recipe and cook together!
Shiso Perilla Rice Ball
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- 2 large shiso perilla leaves
- Some cooked brown rice
- Some yukari rice seasoning
- Some dried sourplum (Ume-boshi)
- Mix rice and yukari rice seasoning in a mixing bowl.
- Make rice balls. (I use plastic wrap to make the perfect triangle balls:))
- Wrap with perilla leaves. Enjoy!
So I know some people will say “where can I find shiso perilla leaves?” It’s so rare delicacy you can only find in a specific Asian grocery. Even though I say “Asian” grocery, the one you can find at Korean grocery with the name of “Sesame leaves/perilla” are totally different. I usually seen them at a Japanese grocery store or Vietnamese grocery…well, I know for some people it’s too difficult to find, so if you’re interested in authentic “rice balls,” let’s start with Nori, roasted seaweed and let’s cross fingers for one day you get to try.
Great for picnic, lunchbox or hiking snacks! It’s getting warmer and warmer, so how about going hiking and eating this yummy rice ball in front of the spectacle view?
Happy weekend planning, everyone!
<Other Rice to Make Perfect Rice Balls>
Make a little burnt rice is the key! Takikomi Rice Balls
Want some spicy crunchy one? Grilled Bibimbap Rice Balls
Don’t forget something to drink! Hoji Tea
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)