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Sticky rice bites - canapés with Castello® Chili & Ginger Cream Cheese

Sticky rice bites - canapés with Castello® Chili & Ginger Cream Cheese

2 servings

A tempting starter or a pretty snack – no matter how you serve it, these sticky rice bite snacks will satisfy the eye, as well as the taste buds. An easy and quick canapé you can prepare in advance to save time. And if you like to experiment, we recommend our delicious toppings.

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  • 1 Castello® Chili & ginger cream cheese ring
  • 1 cup glutinous sushi rice
  • 375 ml water
  • 125 ml mirin
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 sheet of nori seaweed, cut into 1cm wide strips
  • 2 spring onions
  • 80 g toasted white and black sesame seeds for coating
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt


1. Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. Then leave it in fresh water to soak for 1 to 4 hours.

2. Add rice to a cooking pot and pour in some water, using around the same amount of water as the rice (roughly 250ml).

3. Bring to the boil, then reduce to low heat and let simmer for 20 mins. The rice should be tender, and the water absorbed. Cool until easy to handle.

4. In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the water (175ml), mirin, oil, and sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves and let it cool.

5. Add the liquid to the rice and combine gently with a wooden spoon. Stir until the liquid is absorbed.

6. Shape the rice as for nigiri by hand or in a nigiri sushi maker if you have one.

7. Gently dip each piece of shaped rice in the sesame seeds.

8. Chop the spring onion very finely.

9. Fold a band of nori around each rice bite.

10. Cut the cream cheese ring in 12 even pieces.

11. Top each rice bite with a slice of cream cheese and decorate with some spring onion.

12. Serve and enjoy the flavourful spark of Thailand with every bite.

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion

These canapés look great served on a banana leaf if available.

Sensory hack tip

Sensory hack tip

As an option, you can decorate your sticky rice bites with Sakura as a finishing touch.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Shape into balls instead of nigiri if that is easier. 


  • What are rice bites?

    Rice bites are small rice snacks with some sort of topping. You can make them in various ways, and they are perfect as finger food. Sticky rice bites are also called canapés.

  • How to make rice bites?

    Use leftover rice or boil some rice to shape into nigiri. In this recipe, we dip the rice in sesame, fold a band of nori around the rice, and add Castello® Chilli & Ginger Cream Cheese as a topping. You can also use other toppings if you prefer.

  • Can you make rice bites in advance?

    Yes, rice bites are easy to prepare in advance, so they are ready to serve when your guests arrive. You can choose just to boil the rice in advance or prepare even more. Make sure not to add toppings too far ahead – especially if you use wet ingredients as the rice will absorb the liquid.