An onigiri recipe is pretty simple to make and is a popular item that is found in a bento box lunch.
A bento box lunch is a lunch that can actually be considered a work of art. And onigiri is often the foundation or staple of this traditional Japanese box lunch.
However, it is very important to learn how to cook rice to make a great tasting onigiri.
Learning how to cook rice will ensure the right texture for your onigiri recipe and even possibly cut down on some carbohydrates or starch.
The best rice to use for a traditional onigiri is sushi rice or Japanese rice.
Sushi rice comes in both brown and white forms, but brown rice is not as sticky and is not used to make onigiri.
Stove Top Method
I love the simplicity and energy saved with this stove top method of cooking sushi rice.
The Rice Cooker Method
Onigiri is basically a Japanese rice ball that is usually stuffed with a tasty morsel in the center.
You can stuff your onigiri with whatever you so desire, but just remember that salty fillings are less perishable.
My mother use to make us onigiri when we were young and she would make really round rice balls. Apparently, that shape is associated with funerals, so you may be taking your chances.
Although we all made it till Now - lol.
A traditional bento box lunch consists of onigiri, fish or meat, and vegetables (pickled or cooked).
Bentos are probably some of the most creative and fun ways to eat your lunch. And they are very popular in Hawaii.
Some people even go to the extreme of making food look like a certain character, animal, or elaborate design.
A Japanese box lunch or bento box lunch is a great way to make lunch for your little ones or even for yourself.
This type of lunch appeals to your eyes as well as your taste buds and is a great way to entice someone to eat all of their food.