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Santa Claus rice balls recipe

Santa Claus Rice Balls Recipe

Santa Claus Rice Balls Recipe

Everyone know that rice balls are healthy and it’s one of the most popular Japanese lunch dishes. Aren’t they boring though? Today, I would like to share the cutest rice balls you can make for coming Christmas parties.

It’s definitely a healthy party snack that kids will just love it!

Recipe Type: Japanese
Prep time: 3 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 8 mins
Serves: 4

You will need:

  • Plastic wrap
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Cookie cutters (Love heart shaped preferable)


  • 1 bowl Cooked rice (or 4 rice bowls of rice just enough to make 4 rice balls)
  • 2 sticks Crab sticks
  • 1 slice Ham (chicken, turkey, any ham you like)
  • 4 small sausages
  • 1 sheet Black seaweed paper
  • mayonnaise
  • salt


  1. Make 4 rice balls in rounded triangle shape using plastic wrapping paper. Sprinkle salt, let it cool down.
  2. Gently take off the red layer of crab meat stick and keep it rectangle shaped, don’t tear it. This will be Santa’s hat.
  3. Place a cookie cutter on the edge of ham you prepared. If you are using love shaped cutter, use the top part of the heart shape, a rounded side.
  4. Cut off the sides of cooked wiener sausages. This will be Santa’s nose.
  5. Make Santa’s eyes and mouth by cutting black seaweed paper.
  6. Wrap the red layer of crab meat stick around pointy side of rice balls, glue it with mayonnaise.
  7. Put a bit of mayonnaise to glue ham below Santa’s hat as well.
  8. Place cut sausages on the lower middle of ham.
  9. Place eyes and mouth to finish.



  • If you don’t have a cookie cutter, just cut a slice of ham into small rectangles.
  • You can add any filling you like when making rice balls. I like tuna mayonnaise for Santa rice balls.
  • When making rice balls, gently squeeze them.
shiitake mushroom carving decorations

Shiitake Mushroom Carving Decoration

Shiitake Mushroom Carving Decoration

Have you see a star or a flower patterned shiitake mushrooms at a restaurants? Here is a little trick to do it at home.

Recipe Type: Decoration
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 1 min
Serves: 2

You will need

Cutting board


10 Shiitake Mushrooms


1. Chop off the stems of shiitake mushrooms.

2. Make a shallow cut right in the middle. (about 4 to 5 mm) (Step 2)

3. Then make a bias cuts from both sides to the shallow cut made in step 2 to create a 3D  letter V shape. (Step 3)

4. Do the same steps again to create a letter X shape. (Step 4)

5. Create another 3D letter V shape cut to make a flower pattern. (Step 5)

Shiitake Mushroom step by step photos:

Step 2 how to cut shiitake mushrooms Step 3 how to cut shiitake mushrooms 2 Step 4 cut shiitake mushrooms

Step 5 shiitake mushrooms carving Step 6 cut mushrooms