May 6, 2013

Cube It!

Rice Cube

Even though I’m pretty good at rolling sushi the traditional way, if I say so myself, still I got all excited over this bright red and fun gadget I got to test for Fonq.

What is it? It’s a rice cube and it’s the best thing out there for sushi loving nori haters.

I tolerate nori but am not crazy about it, far from it, which is why I prefer inside out rolls. But my guys? Oh boy, they hate nori with the passion of a thousand fiery suns.

With the rice cube you don’t have to use nori at all. Or just use it for decoration purposes. No sushi rice on hand? No problem. This works just as easily with any kind of long-grained rice as it does with sushi rice.

I’ll show you some of the bit-sized snacks I made using it. I had so much fun. Makes for great party sushi or appetizers!

 

The rice cube. Even the box looked cute.
Rice Cube

Ingenious Aussie gadget. A lightweight and bright red mould that hardly needs any storage room.
Rice Cube

I did make sushi rice. Rinsed it until the water stayed clear and set it aside for 30 minutes.
Rice Cube

 
I used my rice steamer. Left it in there for 15 minutes at the warm setting while I was mixing my Sushi-su.
 

I always mix 1 1/2 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar with 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp kosher salt. Stir until it’s clear and gently add it to the sushi rice.
Rice Cube

Got the device ready. I like saying that, device. Like I’m breaking out the big guns or something.
Rice Cube

Fill it halfway with rice, top it with anything you like: this was thinly sliced cucumber and avocado, my favourite.
Rice Cube

Top with more rice and a thin layer of salmon. Close the top, press it and voila…
Rice Cube

A sushi cube.
Rice Cube

You can simply roll a thin or thick strip of nori around it.
Rice Cube

I used my vegetable peeler to get some very thin cheddar strips.
Rice Cube

Filled it halfway with rice, added a small spoonful of basic tuna salad, topped with more rice and cheese…
Rice Cube

These were delicious!
Rice Cube

I made some using walnuts and tiny pieces of pineapple. Making these cubes takes you mere seconds.
Rice Cube

I got crazy. It’s real easy to get carried away with this thing!
Rice Cube

 
But don’t just think of Sushi. I also used this to make fun rice with peas and carrot cubes. Perfect for fussy eaters because kids are not intimidated by the serving sizes and it look a lot more fun.
 

Admit it looks gorgeous!
Rice Cube

Apparently you can use the rice cube for polenta and potatoes as well. My next project will be using it to make mini breaded and deep-fried bami cubes and something with melted cheese in it!
 


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    19 Comments »

    1. 1

      What a brilliant idea. Don’t think I have ever seen anything like this.

      Maria on May 6, 2013 @ 2:47 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Love it!

      Gav on May 6, 2013 @ 3:28 pm Reply
    3. 3

      I’d love to see the deepfried bami cubes version! Will it be your take on ‘bamischijven’? Drooling already!

      Stefanie on May 6, 2013 @ 5:53 pm Reply
      1. How sad is it that bami cubes was the first thing I thought of when I was using it :)

        Kay on May 6, 2013 @ 6:04 pm Reply
    4. 4

      If you can make a vegetarian bami cube recipe thing, I will go straight to the fonq website and buy the darn thing! So not kidding!

      Stefanie on May 6, 2013 @ 6:09 pm Reply
      1. Oh, I like the idea. Have plenty vegetarian friends who would like that, too.

        Kay on May 6, 2013 @ 6:11 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Can’t wait :-)))

      Stefanie on May 6, 2013 @ 6:14 pm Reply
    6. 6

      Wat leuk!

      Sharmayne on May 6, 2013 @ 8:23 pm Reply
    7. 7

      Fun!! :)

      sara on May 6, 2013 @ 9:30 pm Reply
    8. 8

      How fun!  And now I have to google bami ……

      Niteowl Nancy on May 8, 2013 @ 3:23 am Reply
    9. 9

      Aloha Kay,
       
       
      In Japan this is called Oshi-Zushi (pressed sushi). In Hawaii we have a very popular dumbed down version of refined Japanese pressed sushi called “spam musubi” which is a ¼ inch piece of Hormel spam fried and glazed with teriyaki sauce pressed to a block of formed rice sushi rice about 1 ½ inch and wrapped with a strip of nori. If you don’t have a musubi mold you can use the empty can from the spam with top and bottom removed. You can also use fried sausage, topped with egg and or cheese to make it breakfast or ham, summer sausage or any cooked Dutch sausage even slices of your slavinken.
       
       
      U.S.A. President Barack Obama loves “spam musubi” as he was born and raised in Hawaii. 
      I have over 11 different Japanese molds for Oshi-Zushi and an extensive library of sushi recipes.

      Ken on May 14, 2013 @ 5:24 am Reply
      1. You’ve unleashed the monster. I’m currently googling Oshi-Zushi and am bookmarking like crazy :)

        Kay on May 14, 2013 @ 2:26 pm Reply
    10. 10

      After seeing your post on the Rice Cube I went online and found one and ordered it. I received it last Saturday and made sushi on Mother’s Day and had a friend over. I made enough for her to take to her daughter and grandson and they thought it was such a good way to serve sushi that they are ordering one as well. I love mine and also love the idea of making the “spam musubi” – that’s my next project!
      What is “deep-fried bami”?
       

      Carol K on May 14, 2013 @ 2:21 pm Reply
      1. Don’t you love how easy it is to make these cubes?

        It’s a Dutch snack. Medium-sized noodles with vegetables, meat and spices covered with panko and then deep-fried. 

        Kay on May 14, 2013 @ 2:23 pm Reply
    11. 11

      The ones with a little decoratieve nori band look so cute! My sushi rolling skills are so bad, like really terrible. So i’m deffinately considering buying the cute cubing thingy :)

      M on May 15, 2013 @ 8:47 am Reply
    12. 12

      Hi Kay, I just love the presentation you have done on my Rice Cube, well done, best I’ve ever seen… just wanted to point out that in the pics you have the outer C shape upside down… it has a small cut out that lets it lock into position on the base… just flip it over next time it will be a lot easier to use…. but fantastic results and great to see the replies it has generated, i’m learning things too!!! Happy cubing USA, it’s rolling out into stores now… Regards Ross. Inventor of the Rice Cube.

      Rice Cube Ross on May 22, 2013 @ 8:45 am Reply
      1. Sitting here laughing really loud! Only now seeing it, too. And still it was a breeze to make tons of them. Goes to show that a great design works even when you turn it upside down :)

        Thanks for leaving me a comment!

        Kay on May 22, 2013 @ 9:31 am Reply
    13. 13

      Oh.. sorry this is in Holland!!! I’m so sorry I just got so excited by the great images and didn’t do enough reading!

      Rice Cube Ross on May 22, 2013 @ 8:51 am Reply
      1. Don’t worry about it: I had your rice cube upside down. We’re even :)

        Kay on May 22, 2013 @ 9:35 am Reply

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