Crispy Asian Rice Squares with Sauce Variations

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

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.

serves 4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top


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

How To Make

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    Gather your ingredients.
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    Cook the rice according to package directions.
  • 4
    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.
  • 6
    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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    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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    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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