Crispy Asian Rice Squares with Sauce Variations

Andy Anderson !

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@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

These are very popular in Japan, and you can get them from street vendors dotted about the various cities. One day I watched my favorite vendor make them, and this is my version of these tasty treats.

Not only do these babies taste awesome, they create a beautiful presentation for your next dinner party.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

1 c
sushi rice
peanut oil, for cooking
your favorite sauce (more on that later)

Directions Step-By-Step

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PREP/PREPARE
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Gather your ingredients.
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Cook the rice according to package directions.
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While the rice is still warm, shape it into squares.
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Chef’s Note: I use a square mold to achieve the nice squares. In Japan the most popular shape was a pyramid.
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Chef’s Tip: Why sushi rice? Sushi rice is very sticky, and will hold together better than other types of rice.
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Add a bit of peanut oil to a skillet over medium-high heat.
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Add the rice squares.
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Lightly brown them on all six sides, about 90 seconds per side.
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Remove from the oil and brush with your favorite sauce.
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Sauce: You can use just about anything that you wish for the sauce.
• Japanese soy sauce
• Oyster sauce
• Tamari sauce
• Japanese fish sauce
• A mixture of tamari and honey (my favorite)
• Various jams, like apricot or apple
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After brushing with the sauce, return them to the skillet, for a second browning, about 30 seconds per side.
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Chef’s Tip: It’s this second browning, that really infuses the flavor into the rice.
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ADDITIONAL VARIATION
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Instead of just rice, why not put a surprise in the center, like a piece of sesame chicken, or crispy beef…
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PLATE/PRESENT
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Remove from the skillet, and serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy.
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Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Japanese