Do you like them?
I made these before (see my Animal Farm post), but this time I made some step by step photo’s of the process.
Ingredients & equipment needed:
- sushi rice
- pink food colouring & sushi vinegar or pink sushi colouring (sushi plum vinegar powder)
- egg sheet
- thin noodle or spaghetti
- optional: filling, for example salmon, tuna or pickled plum
Step by step method:
- First I mixed some freshly cooked sushi rice with pink sushi colouring. The pink colouring is sushi plum vinegar powder (I bought mine at Bento & Co), and luckily Hilary from Hilary’s Global Cafe was able to translate the instructions for me as they were in Japanese!
- (If you can’t find pink sushi colouring, you can also use some food colouring mixed with sushi vinegar)
- I mixed 160 gr cooked rice with 7 gr powder (1 teaspoon). It is important that you mix it whilst the rice is still warm as otherwise you will get uneven coloured rice.
- Once mixed, I scooped half of the rice on some plastic wrap, which rested in a small bowl. Before gathering the plastic wrap and forming a ball shaped onigiri, I added some smoked salmon as filling. You can of course use any filling you like, or even leave it out completely.
- I wrapped the clingfilm tightly around the rice, making sure that the filling wasn’t showing and put it aside whilst I prepared the face decoration.
- Repeat with remaining rice.
- The snout and ears are cut out from thin egg sheet. I have included instructions on how to make an egg sheet on tips & tricks page. I used small food cutters, but you can also use straws or just a sharp knife.
- The eyes and mouth are cut out of nori.
- Unwrap the rice balls and place them in some cupcake moulds.
- Finally, add the face details.You can use a thin noodle strand to attach the ears to the onigiri. I really like it how you can change the character of each pig by changing the way the ears are attached 🙂
- That’s it! Two cute piggies to add to your bento box!