AT A GLANCE
We challenge you to stop at just one of these little numbers with sweet crab and the pickled goodness of the ginger.
|01||Combine rice, 750ml cold water and 1 tsp fine salt in a saucepan, cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. Without uncovering, remove from heat, stand for 10 minutes, then tip onto a non-metallic tray. Stir vinegar, sugar and 1 tsp fine salt in a bowl to dissolve sugar and pour over rice. Mix and fold with a flat wooden spoon to combine well and break up any clumps. Cool to room temperature, then stir in crab, ginger and spring onion.|
|02||Pound genmaicha and salt with a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Set aside.|
|03||Roll tablespoonfuls of rice mixture into balls. Dust in flour, dip in egg, then roll in rice flakes to coat. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 180C, add rice balls in batches and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown (3-4 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on paper towels and serve hot seasoned with genmaicha salt.|
Note Brown rice vinegar, genmaicha (a brown rice tea) and rice flakes are available from Japanese grocers.