My Mum's Meat Miso Onigiri

My Mum's Meat Miso Onigiri

I ground up some meat at home, made it into Korean-style meat miso, added some sesame flavour, and served it on some bite-sized nigiri rice balls. My daughter's boyfriend loves these and I usually serve them with plum tomatoes.

Ingredients: yields 1 donburi bowl's worth

Thinly sliced pork
150 g
★Leek (finely chopped)
20 cm
Chopped garlic
1 clove
Ginger (finely chopped)
1 piece
★Red miso, water
3 to 3.5 tablespoons each
★Mirin, sugar
2 tablespoons each
as needed
Ground white sesame seeds
to taste
Sesame oil
1 scant teaspoon


1. Use whatever pork you like but remove any large areas of fat (so that the meat sticks together when chilled.)
2. Firstly mince up the meat, then add the garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon cooking sake (not listed in ingredients). Strike the meat with the back of a knife, fold it over, and strike it again for about 5-6 times.
3. Once it looks like this it's ready. It should take around 3 minutes to get to this stage. Feel free to mince and strike the meat as you like.
4. Add the mixture from Step 3 and the ★ ingredients to a saucepan, mix them together well, and put them over the heat.
5. The mixture should look like this before it goes on the heat. Boil and thicken the mixture by stirring it. Adjust the thickness with katakuriko mixed with water. Add some ground white sesame seeds or sesame oil and the meat miso is ready.
6. Add some ground white sesame seeds, a little salt, and 1-2 drops of sesame oil to the warm rice and mix it in. Make some bite-sized onigiri rice balls and top them with the meat miso. Wrap them in lettuce leaves to serve.
7. Adjust the taste depending on on your miso and sugar which you have at your home.

Story Behind this Recipe

Lately the quality of minced meat is really bad and it's full of fat so I've been making it at home. All you need to do is cut and strike it. You could try using a milk carton or something similar as a chopping board here.
The rice balls are easier to eat if they're small and flat. I serve them wrapped in lettuce.