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Make Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Rice Balls With This Real-Life Recipe

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Still looking for new dishes to try making while staying safe at home? Or perhaps you’re assembling a packed lunch to take with you on errands out, the better to avoid crowded restaurants or grocery stores? You could just be tired of Persona 5‘s Leblanc Curry.

PlayStation Japan and From Software are here to fill your supply pack with a recipe straight from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

The tweet shows off the preparation method for Kuro’s Ohagi (known in the English localization as “Sweet Rice Ball”). Prepared by Kuro, the Divine Heir using rice obtained from the Divine Child or Rejuvenation, the Ohagi from Sekiro slowly grants medium Vitality recovery and constant Posture recovery over time. In real-life, Ohagi are also known as Botamochi and are a sweet snack made with glutinous rice and red bean paste. They’re often left as offerings during Buddhist holidays (particularly Higan, in the spring and autumn), as well.

Just in case you wanted to make your very own Vitality-restoring, Posture-preserving Sekiro Sweet Rice Balls, I’ve gone ahead and translated the instructions in the clip.

Ingredients:

  • Azuki beans 200g
  • Sanontou 250g (a type of Japanese refined sugar)
  • 1 gou of cooked white rice (about 3/4ths cup, or 180ml)

Directions:

  1. Wash the Azuki beans over a colander and place in a pot, then fill with enough water to cover the beans.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, then transfer the beans to a colander and discard the boiled-out juices.
  3. Boil the beans again, stirring until they’re soft enough to squish in your fingers.
  4. Add Sanontou sugar, mix, and continue boiling, then add a pinch of salt.
  5. Soak the rice for 30 minutes in water. Maybe play some Sekiro while you wait.
  6. Bring the water and rice to a boil and cook for 10 minutes over low heat.
  7. Turn off the flame and steam the rice for 10 more minutes.
  8. Remove the rice from the pot and mash into a paste.
  9. Mash the beans into a paste.
  10. Cover your hand in a cloth to prevent sticking, then cover your palm with mashed bean paste.
  11. Take a small handful of rice, shape into a ball, then place it on the bean paste in your other hand, shaping them into a ball with the bean paste as an outer layer covering the rice at the core.
  12. Serve:

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is immediately available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Game of the Year Edition update launched on October 28, 2020.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.