Weather in MD has been wonderful these days...perfect for spontaneous picnic. One day, the day was perfect for a quick picnic so my friend and I just gathered whatever we could find and started to make rice balls or Joomukbob (in Korean) or Onigiri (if you are more familiar with Japanese). 'Joomuk' means fist or hand probably means handmade or rice formed into a size of about your fist and 'bob' means rice. Not only is this quick and easy, making them together with friends is also fun time itself! Joomukbobs are good for picnic, snacks, and lunch. Easy to carry and easy to eat!
AND Anything you think will taste good with rice to be used as a stuffing or a wrapper.
This was all we had. But it doesn't matter. Whatever you decide to put in your Joomukbob is totally up to you. We had only Costco's Kirkland bacon bits and some old kimchi. I just quickly fried bacon bits and kimchi together (chopped them nice and small). We had extra bacon bits on the plate. We found some sesame leaves and new rice that's all cooled. down.
If you don't feel like using bare hands just like us, you might want to get a disposable kitchen glove (not the medical rubber stuff LOL). You can buy those in Asian Markets...Lotte or H Mart...etc. I included it in the lower left of the picture. It's very convenient for mixing.
This is what we did...my friend sprinkled little salt and some sesame oil over the cooled rice and mixed nicely. These will not only season the rice, but also will help rice to stick better into different shapes.
We just started to take handful of rice and started to shape them into whatever we wanted to.
I just rolled them into spheres first and then pressed down on the middle to make dents to top with some fried kimchi. Then I just closed little up. My friend just started to randomly add bacon bits and wrapped it with sesame leaves. At the end we just mixed all leftover ingredients together (like fried rice) and shaped them into triangular shapes like onigiri.
We quickly packed them and ate 'em at a park. They were so good! Especially ones wrapped in sesame leaves! Yummm! It was our first time making these and it tasted good! Next time we should try some other stuffings.
Variation suggestions: Tuna salad, spam, any fried rice of your choice, any marinated meat. Just make sure they are chopped finely. Don't be afraid to be creative with your ingredients. Try vegetarian!
Some other ideas for Joomukbob!
Rolled with thinly cooked egg.
Small riceballs covered with finely grated or chopped veggies like carrots and green onion, crushed dried seaweed, finely mashed cooked egg yolks and whites.
Fried rice covered with cooked spam slice, eggs, and dried seaweed. As you can see that these can be basically made into all different kinds of shapes.
Just keep each one small enough so that you can easily eat it in a bite or two. That would also help you control your portions if you are on a strict diet too! That's it! Enjoy!
And everyone PLEASE let us know of any other variations you like or would like to try!
If you wanna get better shapes there are actually rice ball molds available for perfect shaped Joomukbob everytime!
Rice ball molds on Sale on eBay
And some tutorial I found on how to use the molds to make riceballs, onigiri style.