I love onigiri (Japanese rice balls). Wrapped with different types of ingredients like tuna, salmon, chicken or any meat of your choice, it is a delicious, quick and easy meal to eat.
Today, I've made bacon onigiri which is so tasty and flavourful. The toasted rice also gives it an extra beautiful fragrant.
Seared Bacon Onigiri
3 cups hot cooked sushi rice
2 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 small onion, thinly sliced into strips
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp sake
1 Tbsp mirin
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp vegetable oil
extra soy sauce for basting
1) In a small saucepan, add in a little oil and fry the chopped onion for about 30 seconds. Add in the bacon and fry till fragrant.
2) Add in the soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar and reduce over low heat, stirring constantly until the liquid is almost gone.
3) Remove from heat and add in toasted sesame seeds.
4) Spread a handful of rice on a 20cm sheet of plastic wrap and place some of the bacon mixture (drain off any liquid) in the centre of the rice. Use the plastic wrap to help shape the rice into a ball around the bacon. Flatten slightly to form a thick patty and shape into a triangle. Repeat with the remaining portions.
5) In a non-stick frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat. Unwrap the rice balls and place on the pan. Brush with extra soy sauce and sear until well browned on both sides.