First, let’s make the rice buns. 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.
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.
Now, 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.
Next, let’s make the toppings. Season the beef slices with salt and pepper. And add the sake.
Now, 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.
Add the oil again and saute the beef slices. You can also use pork or chicken instead.
When the beef is almost cooked, reduce the heat to low.
This is teriyaki sauce, a savory soy sauce based seasoning.
Add half the teriyaki sauce to the vegetables and half to the meat.
Distribute the sauce evenly but stir-fry the vegetables and the meat separately.
Remove and spread the ingredients onto a tray to cool quickly. This will help to keep the vegetables from getting soggy.
Now, let’s make the rice burger. Place the rice bun into a hamburger wrapper.
Add the green leaf lettuce, stir-fried vegetables and beef slices. Sprinkle on the toasted white sesame seeds.
Finally, cover the toppings with another rice bun. Place each rice bun with the coating side facing outward so that you can enjoy the aroma of the toasted soy sauce.
Alternatively, burdock root and lotus root are often used and they add a pleasant texture to the toppings.
This rice burger has lots of vegetables but the toppings easily fall off so the hamburger wrapper is very helpful to enjoy this dish.
You can also make the rice buns using ramekins coated with vegetable oil.