Yardbird is probably the one restaurant my friends and I visit the most together in Hong Kong. We love it for so many reasons, including their furikake rice cakes, which I’m pretty sure we have never not-ordered. This was the inspiration for this recipe.
Inspired by Yardbird – A favourite restaurant in Hong Kong
This restaurant in Sheung Wan sports an effortlessly cool, relaxed vibe, and serves delicious yakitori skewers. They also have a surprisingly extensive vegetarian-friendly menu. For example, my other favourite dishes are their KFC – Korean Fried Cauliflower and mushroom rice.
So if you visit Hong Kong and Yardbird, be sure to go in a small group so you can try all of these dishes!
Super simple rice cakes recipe to re-create at home
These rice cakes are so simple to re-create at home, once you have the necessary ingredients. If you live outside Asia, you might need to go to an Asian grocery store for these ingredients though.
The main ingredients are: rice cakes, furikake seasoning and mirin. But once you have these, you can make this dish any time, in under 10 minutes. And trust me, you probably will make it all the time.
What is Furikake?
If you haven’t tried furikake seasoning yet, don’t be put off! It’s nothing extreme. It’s primarily made up of sesame seeds, dried seaweed, shiso leaves, among others. You can check out this homemade furikake recipe here, but I just bought mine from a local store.
What is Mirin? Do I need it?
Mirin is a sweet Japanese wine, with about 14% alcohol content. It’s used a lot in Japanese dishes, like teriyaki or ramen. It definitely does add a “umami” flavour to the dish.
Also, I once left out the mirin by accident, and the furikake seasoning didn’t stick to the rice cakes! So yes, you do need to use it for this recipe.
Perfect side dish
These furikake-seasoned rice cakes make a great side dish. I sometimes pair it with roasted soy sauce marinated chicken wings or these fool-proof baked chicken thighs.
Easy Rice Cakes with Furikake, Yardbird-Style
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 200 g rice cakes
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp furikake seasoning or more
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan over medium-to-high heat, then add in the rice cakes
- Toss the rice cakes in oil, then cover with a lid for 5 minutes to soften, lower the heat slightly for this part
- Remove the lid, and check that the rice cakes have softened
- Add the mirin, toss
- Add the butter, toss. The rice cakes should be nicely golden brown at this stage.
- Turn off the heat, and mix in the furikake seasoning.