1. Wash the rice well and drain. Transfer the rice to the rice cooker bowl and add water, safran and bouillon cube. Press to start. Once it is done, let the rice set in for ~10min.
2. Make the filling In a cooking pot, heat 1 to 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil and fry the garlic until fragrant.
3. Add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink. Add all the seasoning ingredients (salt, sugar, tomato paste, mirin and ketchup) and stir well to mix. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. When it has cooled, add the cheese and mix. Set aside until the rice is ready.
4. Make round shape balls with rice, adding the beef filling in the middle to cover. Roll in flour, then dredge in egg mixture and coat in panko/bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining rice.
5. In a medium saucepan, add about 3 cm depth of oil and heat over medium-high heat and deep-fry the Arancini until nicely golden brown, turn frequently to get brown evenly. Transfer onto a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.
1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredient A and the seasoning ingredients. Mix well. Add the lard (optional) as per your taste and mix.
2. Prepare a large flat tray with about 1cm of water depth (I add some soy sauce or cola in the water to get a nice brown color). Submerge one sheet of rice paper for a second, then lay it on your work surface.
3. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling (depending on your rice paper size) at the centre or the bottom third of the rice paper, fold each of the sides in and roll up till the end tightly.
4. Heat a generous amount of oil in the pan until the small bubbles appear around the chopstick. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add a few of the nem rolls and deep-fry for about 5~7 minutes or until nicely brown on all sides and cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain off the excess oil. Repeat with the remaining spring rolls.
1. In a bowl, add garlic, ginger, grated pork and ingredient A. Mix well to combine. Set aside.
2. Drain the topinambour and gently pat them dry with a paper towel. On a slice of topinambour, place about 1 tbsp filling from #1 and spread. Cover with another slice of topinambour on top and press down to make a sandwich.
3. Combine 2 eggs with milk. Coat the lotus roots 'sandwich' with katakuriko/potato starch thinly. Dip it in egg mixture, and finally coat it thoroughly with Panko (bread crumbs).
4. Put a tiny amount of panko in the hot oil to check if it is ready. If it sizzles, it's ready! (or stick a chopstick in the oil and see if bubbles start to appear around the chopstick). Remove excess panko from your 'sandwiches' and press them gently. Fry them both sides until browned.
1. Wrap the tofu with 2 layers of paper towels and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for about 2~3min at 600W. Let it cool to room temperature. Then crush it into tiny pieces, using your hands. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix well to combine.
3. Foam the mixture into balls.
4. Deep-fry the tofu balls, turning them occasionally until all sides are light brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.