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I made Onigiri today! First try as well. They made me be late for… 
25th-Aug-2006 08:08 pm
I made Onigiri today! First try as well. They made me be late for work, but it was so worth it :)

* three onigiri (filled with tuna/mayo/soy mixture)
* Avocado
* Grape tomatoes
* the rest of the tuna mix wrapped with leek into salad leaves (because I hate to throw away food!)
* mini pudding
* apple

And a question:
Do you have any recommendations for vegetarian fillings to Onigiri? I do eat fish but I'd really like to have some alternatives. I think chutney could work well but I wondered if any of you people have already tested recipes...

25th-Aug-2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
I've had great results with cooked black beans (I normally cook them with various spices and salsa). Beans and rice together are a great source of protein!

Various pickled products also work..you have the more traditional umeboshi, but I even like chopped up dill pickles.

Whatever you do, don't try using hummus. I love onigiri, I love hummus, but the two should NEVER mix.

Vegetarian bbq ribs were suggested a few posts back, I'm going to try it soon

25th-Aug-2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that most pickled vegetables should work just fine. Hmmm...we have a jar of pickled garlic in the refrigerator! Not for work, though. :)
25th-Aug-2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Wow you've made first-class onigiri for your first attempt - I'm impressed! I'm actually very fond of the tuna mix in the lettuce - low carb for me - YAY ^.^!!!
25th-Aug-2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Chopped up Gardenburger rib :)
25th-Aug-2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Vegetarian fillings I've used (and like!):

-marinated shitaiki and oyster mushrooms
-soy "chicken" in curry
-soy "meatballs"
-tofu with japanese mayonnaise and a bit of wasabi (sounds weird but is so yummy)
-tofu with ginger and garlic
-flavoured cream cheeses (i like garlic and chive)
-chopped sauteed onions and mushrooms
-scrambled egg w/ a bit of japanese mayonnaise OR cheese

You can also mix furikaki in with the rice and forget the fillings altogether. :)
25th-Aug-2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm a bit suspicious of any kind of soy "meat" replacement - I tried some and it never worked for me. At least not if it's supposed to somewhat approximate the taste of meat >.<;
Tofu or mushrooms sounds good though, should try that!
What's the difference between japanese mayonaise and regular one?

25th-Aug-2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Chicken Smart Strips are awesome, I don't even miss chicken
25th-Aug-2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
japanese mayonnaise tastes a bit sweeter and has a slightly different texture. I think it tastes WAY better than regular mayonnaise and 10000000 times better then "Miracle Whip." (yuck)

As for the soy meat.. you really ought to give it another try! Some are really, really good. If not though, the tofu and egg fillings are good ways to add protein to the onigiri without doing the whole faux meat thing. :)
25th-Aug-2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
You are awesome!! Those look great and I love the stars/suns! :D

I've not made any Onigri yet so I will hold back my suggestions, but I have a few ideas. Once I test them I'll post how it goes. :D

I will say this though at CookingCute.com she has a Tutorial up for Onigri. It seems like anything you might use that isn't too wet might work. So any kind of small/chopped up veggie might work. Like red or yellow peppers, or the beans someone mentioned. Also think about the veggies and filling in Sushi. Avacado and carrot would go well I'd think. Heck try the stuff you like and see what works for your tastes. :D

Good Luck! I can't wait to see your future creations.

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25th-Aug-2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
WOW! Your first try onigiri are GORGEOUS! :D
26th-Aug-2006 01:21 am (UTC)
I've got a Japanese-lang. cookbook just about onigiri, and it has *many* different veggie ideas. There are different varieties: the kind you totally mix in with the rice and then form, the kind you just use as filling, and yaki onigiri.

Mix-in ideas:
* cooked shimeji/edamame and chrysanthemum petals
* walnuts, cooked carrots and edamame
* cooked/seasoned/chopped kanpyo
* chestnuts and red beans
* chopped crispy ume
* black beans (kuromame) and chopped umeboshi
* chopped umeboshi and white sesame seeds
* boiled/seasoned/sliced bamboo shoots and agedofu strips (fried tofu)
* seasoned corn
* cooked/seasoned shiitake mushroom strips and egg strips
* green peas
* chopped pickles and cheese
* scrambled egg (scrambled into *really* small curds)
* steamed/seasoned kabocha squash
* cooked ginkgo nuts
* cooked millet
* toasted & partially ground black sesame seeds
* cooked/seasoned/chopped daikon
* soramame and cooked millet
* cooked/seasoned/chopped konnyaku and gobo (burdock root)
* iridofu and cooked/chopped carrots

Filling ideas:
* natto (seasoned with soy sauce, salt, green onions, etc.)
* prepared seaweed (prepared nori paste in a jar, like Gohan Desu Yo! brand)

Yakionigiri ideas:
* spread miso on outside, then cover with a shiso leaf, then fry on low heat
26th-Aug-2006 07:15 am (UTC)
Oh, and I've also made some onigiri with unusual fillings:
* sundried tomato pesto
* chopped mango chutney and julienned fresh mint (excellent combo!)
* chopped kimchi (very good, especially wrapped with seasoned/toasted Korean seaweed)
26th-Aug-2006 08:43 am (UTC)
Ohh, those sound great! Have to try them next time.

26th-Aug-2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh yah... i forgot. Kimchee makes really tasty onigiri. :)
26th-Aug-2006 01:50 am (UTC)
I usually stuff my Onigiri with umeboshi, pickled daikon, or pickled garlic. Chopped nuts also work well.

Some of my vegi friends have recommended chickpea salad (made like chicken or tuna salad, only with chopped cooked chickpeas instead of the meat).
16th-Jul-2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Chick pea salad is DELICIOUS, especially if you make it with a combo of mayo and grey poupon :)
28th-Aug-2006 09:07 am (UTC)
Aw I love the design on your onigiris! Adorable.
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