Here’s a lil food styling trick I learned in quarantine: an easy way to make rice look cute is by shaping it into balls.
Forever homesick for Taiwan and all the simple aesthetics of Taiwanese cafés and hole-in-wall eateries during this lockdown, I took inspiration from my old travel camera rolls and Instagram feeds. Café de Riz is one of my favorite spots for breakfast and afternoon teas, checking off two boxes with their perfect onigiri sets and coffee aesthetics.
And since I won’t be able to go there anytime soon, I figured the closest thing I’ll get is if I my own version.
Plus, it’s easy to make do with what you have. Which at the time included a medium level of groceries from the store around the corner, and some rice and quinoa mix (which, by the way, is a bad idea for onigiri as I found out the hard way… it doesn’t stick). But hey, it’s quarantine cooking. You do what you gotta do.