Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Make VEGEMITE Onigiri Rice Balls (Panda Omusubi Nori de Pakutto Recipe) - Video Recipe

VEGEMITE is a dark brown Australian spread, made from leftover brewer's yeast extract. It is very salty with an unique flavor (which some people may dislike).

In Australia, I tried it on toasted bread with some butter and avocado. My mom said it may go well with rice, so I decided to make Onigiri! Since it is rich in umami, no wonder it goes well with Japanese dish like Onigiri which we mostly use salt to bring out the taste of rice.


Panda Omusubi Nori de Pakutto (silicone mat and Nori cutter)

I bought the bamboo sheath (a traditional Japanese food wrapping material) at CanDo 100yen shop :)

Spinach Ohitashi video

VEGEMITE Onigiri Rice Balls

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 3 rice balls

300g (10.6oz.) cooked Japanese rice (short-grain rice)
1 Nori sheet

1. Wet your hands in water so that the rice won't stick. Place 100g of rice on your hand. Form the rice into a triangle by pressing lightly with your palms.
2. Cut Nori sheet into 3 strips.
3. Place a Nori strip on the silicone mat. Place the Nori cutter on top. Then press the center until Nori doesn't make tearing sounds. Then press the both sides to make small holes. (the Nori will become easy to bite off and chewed)
4. Apply a thin layer of VEGEMITE on Nori strips.
5. Wrap the rice balls with the Nori strips. Use plastic wrap to keep the Nori sheet from sticking to your fingers.
6. Attach the face parts.

*please do NOT use soggy Nori sheet or you cannot punch out the panda shape


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