Bibimbap Onigiri


Simply Onigiri funa dn creative recipes for Japanese rice ballsBibimbap is a Korean dish that contains plenty of vegetables and spicy chilli paste. I crave this dish when I’m tired. The aroma of sesame oil is so appetising! Feel free to use your favourite vegetables to create your own version of bibimbap.

  • Yield: 4


  • 17 oz (480 g) Cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Sesame oil for brushing onigiri
  • 4 tbsp Toasted white sesame seeds
  • 4 Nori seaweed sheets
  • 2 oz (60 g) Bean sprouts, tails plucked
  • 1 oz (30 g) Carrot, peeled and cut into 2-cm (1-in) lengths
  • 1½ oz (40 g) Garlic chives, cut into 2-cm (1-in) lengths
  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 7 oz (200 g) Minced beef
  • 4 tbsp Japanese soy sauce (shoyu)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Grated apple or apple juice
  • ½ tsp Minced garlic
  • ½ tsp Minced garlic
  • ½ tsp Chicken stock granules
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
How to Make It
  1. Make bibimbap. Place bean sprouts, carrot and garlic chives on a heatproof dish and cook in a microwave oven on High for 5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Remove from microwave oven and drain the vegetables by squeezing with your hands.
  3. Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Pour seasoning over the vegetables and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan and stir-fry minced beef until meat changes colour. Add soy sauce, sugar, grated apple or apple juice and garlic. Mix well. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. To make onigiri, wet your hands and spread a pinch of salt on your palms and fi ngers. Transfer one-eighth of rice to your hands and gently press rice 2–3 times into a round patty. You can use a cookie cutter to get an even shape. Repeat this step to make 8 rice patties.
  6. Put 1 Tbsp vegetables and 1 Tbsp minced meat on top of a rice patty. Top with another rice patty.
  7. Brush some sesame oil on the surface of the rice patty and coat with sesame seeds. Wrap with nori. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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