Panda Rice Balls | Pink Wings


Summer really puts me in the picnic mood.
In Korea when people go on picnics they always bring lunch boxes with sushi rolls or rice balls or such, so I love to make those especially in the summer. Got a little fancy this time around and made my rice balls into panda bears! What do you think?

They require a bit of cutting, but that is the only complicated thing about them. For the filling I used Bumble Bee®'s flavored tunas so you don't even need to add anything to the tuna, just use it as is; it makes things so easy peasy, nutritious and very convenient. Here I used their jalapeno tuna because hubby loves all things jalapeno, but my personal favorite is the spicy thai chili, that one is serrriously delish guys, it brings rice balls to a whole new level. Recipe and pictorial is below, tell me if you try them out!

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Panda Rice Balls

  • sushi seaweed sheets
  • sticky rice, cooked (about 2/3 cup cooked rice for each panda)
  • Bumble Bee® flavored tuna (eg spicy thai chili)

Directions:

Cut arms, ears, eyes, nose and feet out of the nori sheets:

Arms: cut 6in. x 1/2in. strips then round the corners
Eyes: cut 1/2in. squares then cut into egg shapes.
Ears: cut 1/2in. squares then cut in half circles
Feet: cut 1/2in. squares then shape into circles
Noses: cut the corners off of your scrap pieces to make noses

Take about 1/3 cup of rice and shape into an oval disk. Press the center to make a divot, then fill the divot with tuna. Take another 1/3 cup of rice and cover the tuna. Gently but firmly squeeze and shape the rice into an oval. Decorate with cut nori pieces. Best eaten within the day.


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62 comments

  1. these are so cute!! beautiful photos too x
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

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  2. These rice balls are so pretty!!! I love pandas!!

    xoxo Erika
    http://whaterikawears.com/

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  3. love your panda rice balls, they're so cute, funny and I bet very tasty
    great tutorial, my dear
    kisses from Italy
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  4. Awww your bento box is just too adorable---especially the little pandas <3
    xxx
    She Will Be

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  5. So cute :) INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY on my FRENCH BLOG: SUMMER DRESS :) :)

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  6. How cute are these rice pandas!

    LUXESSED

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  7. I love your strawberry shaped Bento! (That's how we call lunchbox in Japan. We also call rice balls "onigiri") This post reminds me of my elementary school days Great post! ^^,

    STYLE VANITY

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    1. Are you Japanese? My hubby is too. In Korea we call them dosirak~

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  8. Omg, they are the cutest thing ever! I love a good box filled with spring rolls or sushi, too! I don't think I'd be able to eat these when I do make them because they're just too adorbs, haha!

    May x • THE MAYDEN

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  9. So, these are absolutely ADORABLE!!

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  10. That look absolutely adorable, I definitely need to give it a try :) lovely post! x

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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  11. OMG this is so cute!

    beautyfollower.blogspot.gr

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  12. oh my gosh :D this is so amazing and cute and adorable and lovely and I can't describe it *_* The panda :D I totally fell in love with it :D yummy :)

    http://lovelyattitude.com

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  13. Oh wow this is too cute to be true! I have to try this at home!

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    xoxo

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  14. These are so cute! What a great idea! :)
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  15. wow.. very cuteee.. awesome posts

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  16. These are so cute! I see this kind of super kawaii food all the time here in Tokyo :)
    xx Elle

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    1. Yes I think all over Asia they have lots of kawaii things

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  17. I saw something similar on Chriselle Lim's instagram and I'm sooo obsessed. These are FREAKIN adorable! Too cute to eat! hehe

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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    1. Love Chriselle! I actually got the idea from Gary Pepper Girl's feed...another blogger brought them to a picnic but she had used a rice mold and shaped hole punches, so I had to figure out how to do it without all that.

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  18. I love anything with tuna and this is no exception! This looks so good, I'd probably just stare at it rather than eat it because it's so cute though! :) xx

    www.tongue-in-chic.com

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  19. This is definitely great looking food!
    Such an amazing idea :-D
    Love the cute panda rice♥
    Great post! :-)
    xx
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

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  20. Those panda rice balls are the cutest things ever! You're super crafty!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  21. You are just so talented! Love everything you create :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  22. These are just way too cute! I might have trouble eating them, they're that precious. But I'm sure I'd find a way...

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  23. Loving your recipe posts! This old delicious!

    Wishes & Reality

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