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Cute Cherry Blossom Rice-Ball Barrels for Hanami Bento

Cute Cherry Blossom Rice-Ball Barrels for Hanami Bento

Cute cherry blossom rice balls for your bento. Rolled into easy-to-eat barrel shapes, they are perfect for cherry blossom viewing picnics or even just for an everyday bento.

Ingredients: 22 rice-ball barrels (5 g each)

Cooked rice
1.5 rice cooker cups (225 g)
Shibazuke pickles
1 bag (70 g)
Sakura blossom pickles
as needed

Steps

1. Remove the shibazuke pickles from the pickling liquid and chop them finely. Set the liquid aside for later.
2. Mix the chopped pickles into the rice, and mold into barrel-shaped patties. If you moisten your hands with the shibazuke marinade before molding, it will give the rice extra flavor and dye it a subtle colour.
3. Layer a few sakurazuke pickles on top of one-another, and cut out cherry blossom petal shapes with scissors.
4. Place them in your bento box and you're done.
5. These are the ingredients I used this time.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make cute bento to surprise my kids when we go cherry blossom viewing.