Onigiri (Rice Balls)
Chef Demetrios Haralambatos
This is a staple in Japanese lunch boxes. They may be made in round balls, triangles, or even squares and served as an appetizer.
Cut each nori sheet (if using) into 8 or 9 strips, and put about ½ cup steamed rice in a rice bowl.
Wet your hands with water so that the rice won't stick, and rub some salt on your wet hands.
Place the steamed rice in your hand, and form into a ball or triangle, making sure it is dense and thick.
Put filling on the rice, and push it into the rice lightly.
Hold the rice between your palms.
Form the rice into a ball, triangle, or cylinder by pressing lightly with both palms and securing the filling in the middle. Roll the rice ball in your hands a few times, pressing lightly.
Wrap the rice ball with a strip or two of nori (if using), or sprinkle some sesame seeds on top (if using).