Rice Burgers

Tested Recipe Adapted from Cooking with Dog

Rice Burgers

Ingredients:

200g steamed rice (1 rice bun: 50g)
1 tsp potato starch
Sesame oil
Soy sauce

100g thin beef slices or substitute: pork or chicken
20g carrot, cut into thin strips
20g string bean pods, sliced diagonally
40g onion, sliced into thin wedges

Vegetable oil
Teriyaki sauce (approx. 2 tbsp)
Salt
Pepper
1/2 tsp sake

Toasted white sesame seeds
Green leaf lettuce
2 hamburger wrappers or waxed paper

Preparation Instructions:

1. Sprinkle the potato starch on the hot steamed rice. Mix to coat the grains but try to avoid crushing them. The starch will help the rice to firmly attach together.

2. We’ll be using this rice burger maker. You can also wrap the rice with plastic wrap and shape it into a bun. This rice burger maker can make a pair of buns. Place a quarter of the rice into each mold. Cover and press the lid to shape the rice buns. (I’m using 3” round cookie cutter instead).

3. Coat a pan with sesame oil. Add the rice buns. Lightly brown the both sides. Brush one side of the buns with soy sauce. Then, flip them over. When the aroma of the toasted soy sauce grows stronger, remove the rice buns.

4. Toppings: Season the beef slices with salt and pepper. And add the sake.

5. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan. Add the sliced carrot, string bean pods and onion. Stir-fry the vegetables and distribute the oil evenly. When slightly softened, gather the vegetables over to one side, making a space for the meat.

6. Add the oil again and sauté the beef slices. You can also use pork or chicken instead. When the beef is almost cooked, reduce the heat to low. This is a teriyaki sauce, a savoury soy sauce based seasoning. Add half of the teriyaki sauce to the vegetables and half to the meat. Distribute the sauce evenly, but stir-fry the vegetables and the meat separately.

7. Remove and spread the ingredients onto a tray to cool quickly. This will help to keep the vegetables from getting soggy.

8. To assemble: Place the rice bun into a hamburger wrapper. Add the green leaf lettuce, stir-fry vegetables and beef slices. Sprinkle on the toasted white sesame seeds. Finally, cover the toppings with another rice bun.

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