三角飯糰 (san jiao fan tuan) Triangle Rice Balls are essentially the Taiwanese version of the Japanese Onigiri. They are an immensely popular snack (at least with me) that can be found in every 7-11 and Family Mart convenience store in Taiwan. They come with many, many different fillings and even unfilled at times. Since I am in the States this is yet again another thing I can’t just pop around to the corner store and pick up. So I have to make it myself, because they are just too good to live without. One of my favorite versions to make is a fairly simple one with a sesame tuna filling.
- about 4 cups prepared short grain rice, warm
- sheets nori seaweed, cut into about 4″x 8″ rectangles
- filling, for example; tuna
- bowl of heavily salted water (for dipping your hands)
Ingredients (sesame tuna filling):
- 1 can (5 oz.) of solid white albacore, drained
- 2 t. oil
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- 2 t. soy sauce
- 1 T. brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 T. sesame oil
- 1 t. roasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 t. ground black pepper
- Put 2 t. of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, saute until fragrant. Add the tuna, saute for a couple minutes. Add soy sauce and brown sugar, saute a couple of more minutes.
- Turn the heat off and add the sesame oil, sesame seeds, and black pepper. Mix.
You can use all sorts of fillings such as smoked fish, leftover or canned salmon, 滷肉stewed ground pork, sautéed minced chinese sausage, 肉鬆 pork floss, grilled eel, cooked shrimp, diced chicken, sautéed mushrooms, sweet omelet, fried pork, grilled mackerel, bbq pork, pickled radish and or pickled carrots, etc. Or just cover it in one of the many flavors of furikake flakes, black or white sesame seeds, or just plain, wrapped it with seaweed.
- Wet your hands with heavily salted water. Take a palm full of warm rice, make a dimple in the middle, put a spoon full of filling in the dimple. Wrap the rice around the filling (you might need a little extra rice to put over the filling). note; you can use plastic gloves, but if you do add a little salt to the rice.
- Cup your palms and form the rice into a ball (like you would a snowball). Then using your palms form it into a triangle. They make a mold for this process, but what fun is that?
- Take your piece of nori seaweed and place your rice triangle in it so that the tip is in the middle of one end. Then simply wrap the rice in the seaweed.
Maybe the video will help show the process, see 很簡單的。