Mix the salt into the rice, distributing evenly, and mold it into 4 barrel shapes using your hands.
-Brown Cat: mix soy-sauce and bonito flakes into 1 portion of the rice.
-Black Cat: Mix ground sesame seeds into one portion of the rice.
I used nori to make the face (eyes, nose, mouth) and cut the ears out of ham.
To decorate their bodies, I either wrapped a sheet of thin omelette or nori around them, and stamped out some decorations using a cookie cutter.
You can get barrel-shaped rice molds at 100 yen stores.
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Story Behind this Recipe
I always though barrel-shaped rice balls look cute, but there's always a way to make things cuter, right? Tried to turn them into cats.
-Press on the nori 'faces' after the rice has cooled (they'll shrink if you stick them on while the rice is still hot). -Be creative and have fun coming up with your own cute designs. -Use a nori punch cutter if you have one. This will make preparing the faces a lot easier.