Black Sesame Rice Balls
The main ingredient is sushi rice, mixed with rice wine vinegar just as for sushi. To form these, you need a double thickness of plastic wrap, about a foot square. A single uncooked edamame bean is placed on the square, and about a tablespoon of rice on top of that. Twisting the plastic wrap as tightly as possible around the rice forms the ball. A hole is poked with a wet finger into the side of the ball opposite the bean, and a bit of wasabi mixed with pickled ginger inserted. Then you twist the hell out of the little ball again to re-form it. Finally, you roll the ball in black sesame seeds. The dipping sauce is a pureed red pepper thinned with more rice wine vinegar and seasoned with a little sugar and cayenne.
If you keep a little bowl of water handy to wet your fingers and the tablespoon, these are a snap to make. If you don't, this recipe will be your worst nightmare.