Ebi and Shiso Onigiri (Baby Shrimp and Perilla Leaf Rice Ball)

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I really wanted to use dried Sakura Ebi for this recipe but it’s very hard to find it here in our area. I found this instead at a Japanese grocery store in New York city. I am not sure if it’s the same since there is no English translation in the package.

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If you were following my blog, you would see that I already have made several kinds of onigiri. This one is may not appeal to everyone specially if you are not used to eating dried shrimp. This dried shrimp that I bought however does not have a strong taste and is not salty at all.

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To make, first lightly toast 1-2 tbsp of dried shrimp in a dry pan over low-medium heat then set aside. Scramble one egg and crumble it into tiny pieces. Rinse 3 shiso and pat dry then chiffonade your leaves. Place 1 1/2 cups cooked white rice in a bowl and then add in your dried shrimp, scrambled egg and shiso. Gently mix everything together until well combined. Form your rice into a triangle or balls then place over shiso leaves. I used an onigiri mold to make this.

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