Rice

씬라면 Shin-Ramen Arancini

 

IMG_20150605_183504368Preparation + Cooking time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • Shin Ramen soup base
  • Cooked rice
  • Hot n’ Spicy Spam
  • Buffalo mozzarella
  • Olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Coconut oil spray (can use canola oil or olive oil if desired)

Method:

1. Empty Shin Ramen soup base into a microwaveable bowl. Add rice into the same bowl. Add hot water and stir.

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2. Microwave, stirring occasionally and adding hot water as necessary until the mixture becomes slightly soft.

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3. Dice some Hot n’ Spicy Spam and add to mixture. Stir to combine.

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4. Put on disposable gloves and spray oil over them so they are non-stick.

5. Cut some buffalo mozzarella into small cubes and set aside.

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6. Scoop some risotto into one hand, place one square of buffalo mozzarella on top, and cover with more risotto so it forms a ball. Repeat until all the risotto is gone.

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7. Crack the egg, whip and then roll your risotto balls in the egg wash.

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8. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on a tray and roll your now-sticky, egg wash-covered risotto balls to coat them.

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9. Spray your now crumbed risotto balls (which can now be called ‘arancini’) in ample olive oil.

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10. Preheat the air-fryer and then air-fry your arancini, checking mid-way and spraying with oil as necessary, until golden brown.

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9. Serve hot/warm and enjoy! Bet you can’t stop at just one! 🙂

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Japanese Curry (with a secret ingredient to blow you away!)

Want to know how to make a *killer* curry? o.O

Read on… XD

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Ingredients:

  • Golden Curry Mix (choose one of the below) – 5 little cubes
  • Carrots (About 2 medium)
  • Brown Onions (About 1 large)
  • Potatoes (About 2 medium – brush potatoes are good)
  • The Secret Ingredient: Apple (1 large – sweeter is better; try Pink Lady) – YES, YOU HEARD ME! GO ON AND TRY IT! YOU’LL NEVER GO BACK!!!
  • Cubed/Diced Beef (about 200g)
  • 1 large bowl of hot water
  • Rice to serve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mild version

Hot version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Peel and cube EVERYTHING. Apple included!

Preferably very thin small slices for the onion…

2. Melt five little cubes of curry mix in 1 large bowl of hot water and set aside.

2. Stir-fry onions first. Next beef. Next potatoes. Then carrots. Finally apple.

3. Pour in curry mixture.

4. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. No salt or pepper required.

Simmer, simmer, simmer…

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Add some rice and perfect-o!

Add some rice and perfect-o!

 

 

Inari – Sushi Rice in Sweet Fried Tofu Pouches

In Korea, we call this recipe 유부초밥 which is pronounced phonetically yoo-boo-cho-bap. However sushi joints tend to sell it by its Japanese name – Inari. Either way, they are delicious and so easy to make… why not make your own?

Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice (any kind, though white is preferred)
  • Sushi seasoning (sold in the supermarkets but you can make your own using the recipe which follows)
  • Inari pockets (find these at any Asian grocery)

The sushi seasoning I used – Obento sushi seasoning found @ Woolworths

Or mix these together for homemade sushi seasoning!

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  •  3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt

This are the inari pockets I usually use – found at TongLi Supermarket @ Parramatta Westfield.

Sometimes I use this other variety of inari pockets – found them at Magic Supermarket @ Parramatta Westfield.

Directions:

1. Mix about 3 tbsp of sushi seasoning with 1 cup of rice in a bowl.

*Tip: Put on a disposable kitchen glove and spray some oil into it. Then rub in on so that your hands are non-stick!

2. Separate the inari pockets and taking one, open it and lightly, carefully push some rice mixture inside.

3. Pat down so the whole filled pocket is compressed and then set aside on a plate while you work through the rest.

4. Eat! It’s *that* easy! 🙂

Tip: For a bit of added colour and flavour, mix in 2 tsp of furikake mixture – you’ll find this in the Asian grocery too.

 

OmuRIce

Omelette + Rice = OmuRice

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (x 2)
  • Carrot (1 *very* small)
  • Asparagus (4 spears)
  • Mushrooms (1/8 cup)
  • Onion (1 small)
  • Shredded Parmesan (1/4 cup)
  • Cooked rice (1 cup)
  • Olive oil ( 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • Pieces of ham (bacon or other deli meat can be substituted)
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Dice the carrot, broccoli and onion and set aside separately.
  2. Crack 2 eggs and whisk until smooth. Season with a pinch of pepper and salt. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour egg mixture into a large flat, round fry pan with 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pan. Try to make a nice round shape with the egg as it sets.
  4. Flip the pancake-like egg in the pan so that both sides are cooked *quite* well. Set aside on separate plate.
Egg pancake - for OmuRice

Egg pancake in anticipation of fried rice to make it complete!

5. In a separate pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then first the carrot, then the onion and finally the asparagus and mushrooms. Stir-fry until cooked through.

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6. Add the rice and ham to the vegetables and stir-fry until golden-brown at edges.

Ham and rice added. NB: I used mixed grain rice - hence the colour. White rice works just as well and looks prettier but this rice is kind of healthier... >.>

Ham and rice added. NB: I used mixed grain rice – hence the colour. White rice works just as well and looks prettier but this rice is kind of healthier… >.>

7. Give a good stir for about another minute or two. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Place the egg pancake in a rounded bowl so that it lines it.

Careful, now...

Carefully lining the bowl with the egg pancake…

9. Add the Parmesan into the egg pancake bowl.

Now for the cheese...

Now for the cheese…

10. Add the fried rice to the rounded bowl and compress.

Now comes the rice...

Now comes the rice…

Be sure to flatten the rice with a spatula so that it is tightly packed.

Be sure to flatten the rice with a spatula so that it is tightly packed.

11. Flip the rounded bowl upside-down onto a flat plate.

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Now all it needs is...

Now all it needs is…

 

 

 

Some garnish completes it!

Some garnish completes it!

12. Serve with tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce or any (if any) condiment of your liking. Enjoy!

Tip: A sprig of something green makes it even more appetizing!

Bon Appetit!