October 8, 2016
We’re still in Hawaii at the moment, but we’ll be back in Japan in a couple of days. Today is our last full day, and we have a few more shots we have to get for our epic video of gorgeousness, but while we’re out, here’s something else we’d like to share: how to make Onigirazu. I had such a hard time pronouncing this word. O-ni-gi-ra-zu, and I still slip into saying rise-ooh at the end of it, sometimes. Anyhow, we shot this video with Togashi, though, who you might remember from our How to Make Okonomiyaki video. We filmed this as well, and hopefully you can give it a shot.
So you might have heard of onigiri, those triangle shaped rice packets wrapped in seaweed and filled with various magic like tuna, salmon, or even pickled plums. They are usually under $3 and are the equivalent of a sandwich since they are used as to-go snacks or meals. While they are simple in presentation, making an onigiri can actually be pretty complicated. I tried before in Korea to make the Korean triangle equivalent, Samgak Kimbap, and getting the seaweed to fold juuuuust right was SUPER DIFFICULT!!! I even bought a special seaweed folding device and just failed to get the plastic around the seaweed and around the rice. I’m sure some people have the action down pat, but I never could get the swing of it. GAH!
So Togashi taught us this easier to make version of onigiri. So much easier! The hardest part, really, is just laying out the cling wrap flat, because it loves itself and wants to hug itself all the time and once it starts folding in on itself you can’t pull it away from its love. I hate working with cling wrap! Anyhow, once you get past that part, laying down a big sheet of seaweed, filling the middle, and then wrapping it all up onto itself is easy. We did it with Teriyaki Chicken, but you can also do it with egg salad, tuna salad, beef, veggies, whatever you want! It’s like a sandwich: once you know how to put stuff between bread, the world is yours!
Togashi has a bunch of other recipes on his site, TokyoBytes, so check those out if you’re looking for more Japanese food recipes. Otherwise, we also made a vegan version with Togashi. You’ll have to watch the first video to see how to make the sauce, but once you have that sauce you can make this Onigirazu, or many other things while you’re at it!