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Black Gomoku Rice Balls

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This recipe once became an actual onigiri product and sold at convenience stores nationwide in Japan. The rice is cooked with 5 black-colored ingredients: black pork (local specialty in Kagoshima prefecture), sliced kelp, black rice, black sesame seeds, and dried shiitake mushrooms.The sliced kelp and dried shiitake mushrooms add amazing tasty dash flavor to the rice.Black ingredients are recognized for their many health and beauty benefits! This onigiri helps you preserve your youth :)
Ingredients
  Japanese rice 2 Cup (32 tbs), uncooked
  Black pork 100 Gram, thinly sliced
  Dried sliced kelp 10 Gram
  Black rice 10 Gram
  Dried shitake mushrooms 5 Gram, sliced
  Hot water 50 Milliliter
  Black sesame seeds 2 Teaspoon
  Sake 1 Tablespoon
  Soy sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 2⁄3 Teaspoon
  Nori sheets 4 , halved
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Wash and drain the dried sliced kelp (they will become slightly soft after 5 minutes or so).
2. Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in 50ml hot water until they become soft (after 2 minutes or so).
3. Cut thinly sliced black pork into bite-size pieces.
4. Wash rice if needed.

MAKING
5. Place the rice and water (to the correct water level) in a Japanese rice cooker, then add softened shiitake mushrooms with the soaking liquid, black rice, black sesame seeds, softened sliced kelp, and black pork. Then mix well.
6. Close the rice cooker and press the button to start.
7. When it's done, do not open and let it steam for about 10 minutes.
8. Put steamed rice in a bowl and let it cool until you can handle it.
9. Wet your hands in water so that the rice won't stick. Place the rice on your hand. Form the rice into a triangle by pressing lightly with your palms.
10. Wrap with nori sheet. Wrap with plastic wrap to shape it.

SERVING
11. Serve right away.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Japanese
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Steamed
Ingredient: 
Rice
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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