Total time: 40 minutes
Prep time: 40 minutes
Ingredients for 3 people
1 1/2 cups of cooked rice
1/4 cup of sweet corn
1 surimi (or imitation crab stick)
1 tbsp of sesame seeds
1 slice of ham
1 tbsp of frozen peas
1 sheet of nori seaweed
Mix 1 pig of cooked rice with 1 mouse of corn in a bowl; 1 pig and 1 mouse of cooked rice with 1 hen of sesame seeds in another bowl; and 1 cat of cooked rice with 1 hen of peas in a final bowl. Add a pinch of salt to each bowl. Line the pig cup with plastic wrap and fill it three-quarters full with the corn rice. Make a hole in the center of the rice with the hen cup. Cut the surimi into 4 pieces and place the pieces in the hole. Cover with the rest of the corn rice and pack down firmly. Close up the plastic wrap and press down well.
Reline the pig cup with plastic wrap and fill it half-way with the sesame rice, packing it down firmly as you go. With the cat cup, cut out a disc from the slice of ham. Put the disc on top of the rice in the pig cup. Cover with more sesame rice and pack down well. Close up the plastic wrap on top and press down well.
Reline the pig cup with plastic wrap and do the same with the mouse cup. Fill the mouse with the rest of the sesame rice and cover with plastic wrap to pack it down. Put the rice with peas into the pig cup, and then use the hen cup to carve out a space on one side of the pig cup. Turn the sesame rice cake out of the mouse cup and push it into the hole in the pig cup. Cover the top with plastic wrap and press down.
Turn out the 3 onigiri. Cut 2 little circles and 1 mouth out of a sheet of nori and position them on the sesame rice part of the sesame/pea onigiri to create a face. Encircle the sesame onigiri with a strip of nori. Cut out 2 little circles and 2 little lines from a sheet of nori and place them on this onigiri to create eyes and eyebrows. Add 1 little circle of carrot for a nose, and 2 circles of ham for the cheeks. Finish off with 1 line for the mouth. In the center of the final onigiri, create a beak with 2 circles of carrot. Add 3 more circles at the top of the onigiri. Add 2 little circles of nori to make the eyes. Enjoy!