Hello Kitty Onigirazu (Rice Sandwich) perfect for bentos or a snack!
There is Onigiri, a simple and delicious Japanese rice snack with various fillings, and then there’s Onigirazu also known as rice sandwich. It consist of layers of fillings (of your choice) sandwiched between two layers of rice, just like a burger or a sandwich. Onigirazu has been trending as an easy-to-make Japanese snack and to date, it remains ever popular even in other countries.
This onigirazu in the form of cute Hello Kitty is not only tasty, but it’s also very simple to make and is a great snack or meal choice especially for kids. Try assembling it into an Onigirazu Deco Ben (Decorative Bento) if you’re up for a challenge or simply wish for a fuller meal!
HELLO KITTY ONIGIRAZU RICE SANDWICH
This recipe uses the Cook & Bake Cat Mould to form the cat shape but you may also choose to make it in any regular shape as you like.
* The ingredients listed below are our suggestions. You may wish to use ingredients and amount that you prefer.
If you have any leftover ingredients from any of your regular meals, try using them to complete a decorative bento and reduce some food waste at the same time!
Assembling the Hello Kitty Onigirazu Rice Sandwich
4-5 tbsp Steamed Rice / Sushi Rice*
1 Egg, cooked into an omelet
1-2 slices Ham
4 florets Steamed or cooked broccoli
2 tbsp Steamed or cooked corn kernel
1 Cherry tomato, cut into thirds
a little Roasted nori seaweed, for decoration
PREPARATION & ASSEMBLY:
1. Using the mould, press out the shape of the cat from the omelet and ham.
2. Next, use a kitchen towel and very lightly grease the inside ring of the mold to ensure that the ingredients slide out smoothly later. Be careful not to over-grease.
3. Scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons of cooked rice and lightly press it down into the mould to form the base of the onigirazu. You may use a teaspoon to get to the corners or lay a sheet of food wrap over and use your fingers to gently press down.
4. Next lay the omelett over, followed by the ham.
5. Then, add in the chopped broccoli and push it to the edges so that it covers only the rim. Add the corn inside the broccoli ring. (You may choose to assemble this step differently)
6. Lastly, top up the mould with the remaining rice and use a food wrap to gently give it a gentle press to make sure that the ingredients are packed tight.
7. Decoration: Using a pair of food scissors (or a paper puncher if you have) cut or punch out the eyes and whiskers from the nori seaweed. Next, cut out a little of any leftover egg for the nose, and then simply place the three slices of cherry tomatoes as the Hello Kitty’s ribbon.
Other suggestions for ingredients that go great with rice:
- Chicken Cutlet, Pork Cutlet, Fish fillet, Beef,
- Tuna Mayo
- Brown Rice / Red Rice / Mixed grained rice
- Cauliflower Rice
- Onions (raw or sautéed)
- Cucumber or Zucchini
- Seasoned or braised Kombu