Panda Party : a birthday party for my favorite panda with rice in the shape of a panda. Because, duh!
This week was Travis‘ ( <— my fav panda ) twenty-fifth birthday !!! I’d been pondering on what special thing to do in the kitchen this week just for him — cupcakes? mini cake? big cake? spring rolls and pho?? Nothing felt perfect and then…!! I got a surprise package in the mail “To Sarah and Nhat” ( <— that’s Travis’ vietnamese name ;) I’m still mastering the correct pronunciation ) from his wonderfully thoughtful big sister, Melinda <3 And when we opened it BEHOLD the most perfect and creative birthday thing. Panda rice molds! Not only is it arguably the cutest and best thing ever but it is also something we can make in the kitchen together.
So we did! And it was fun and we laughed and we ate panda shaped rice balls.
Here’s how they turned out and some tips for you when you decide to get some rice molds and try this out for yourself. You can’t say these aren’t the cutest ever :))
The kit came with molds as well as a piece that cuts out nori sheets or sushi paper into the little panda eyes, ears, nose, arms & legs and even a little tail (!!)
** we made the rice with a little more water than usual so that it turned out on the sticky side
** getting the plastic mold pieces a little wet with cold water helped the rice not stick to the mold. Also, keeping our fingers wet helped it not stick to us as much either
** on the flip side having wet fingers when handling the sushi paper made it stick to us and not the rice. No bueno.
Until next time <3