I saw these nori cups and immediately thought, I want those!
Problem….you can’t buy them in the UK….so why not try to make some myself…it’s basically a piece of nori shaped into a cup isn’t it?
My experience with nori so far had taught me that it becomes pliable when wet, so I just needed some sort of form to shape it with, and a silicon cupcake form seemed ideal. After all that was the kind of shape I was aiming for!
So I cut a square out of nori, wetted 2 silicon cupcake forms (one on the inside & the other on the outside) and sort of slowly pressed the nori into it. I cut of the corners to make it more round & then removed one of the forms.
I than had to dry it, so it went into a low oven for about 5 minute until the nori had crisped up again. Finally, I very carefully, peeled off the dried nori cup from the remaining form & tadaa!!
Ok, not nearly as smooth and pretty as the original ones, but it’s a cup (well..sort of…) & it’s made from nori….
Now with some simple onigiri in it:
The onigiri are made with some chopped up spring onion & egg (whenever I make an egg sheet to cut shapes out, I chop up the left over bits & freeze those as a sort of egg furikake).
Will I do this again?
Well, it was fun experimenting but it’s too much hard work.Also, the irony is of course that the nori cups will get soft again once they are in contact with the rice, so not that suitable for packing for lunches.
(But I still would buy the original ones if I could just find a shop in the UK that would stock them…)