Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)
Rice shaped in triangles or balls filled with your favorite ingredients. Common fillings are pickled plums or salmon but just about anything salty will work and plain is also very tasty. A tasty alternative to the American sandwich and a staple for any bento (Japanese boxed lunch). Store in the refrigerator.
Sushi rice can be used instead of jasmine rice if desired. Salt can be replaced with garlic salt, seasoned salt or a mix of Chinese five-spice powder with salt.
If adding a filling, gently push on the rice ball in step 3 to create a small pocket for the filling.
It's important to shape rice while still warm otherwise it won't stick as well. This takes lots of practice and patience so don't be discouraged if you don't get it right the first time.
Nori is commonly used in sushi and can be found in most grocery stores or Asian markets. I usually cut into strips with scissors. Nori has a distinctly fishy smell and taste so if you don't like fish or sushi I would recommend not adding it.