Korean nurungji is being relabelled the viral ‘sushi waffle’


For all you sushi lovers cooking TikTok has the newest way to enjoy your favorite dish.

Victoria Minell (@victoriaminell) posted a video a few weeks ago taking sushi to the next level. She introduced the concept of the sushi waffle, where you would take sushi rice, flatten it, put it in a waffle iron, and then top it with your favorite sushi toppings. The sushi waffle is also similar to poke bowls, which also use raw fish, cucumbers, and avocado.

The video went viral as sushi enthusiasts were excited to see a creative take on their favorite dish. Minell’s post has over 13 million views, over 1.5 million likes, and over 11,000 comments, many of whom couldn’t wait to try the dish.

Minell also posted a video a few days later showing a step by step tutorial on how to make the waffle.

“OMG, this is the best way I’ve ever seen to make crispy rice, without greasy frying!” said @ellibeilash.

“I’ve never wanted something I’ve never tasted so bad,” @madigummybears commented.

“You just changed my life in less than 15 seconds,” @spicycapricornroll333 said in the same video.

Taking homemade sushi to another level, the dish stems from a traditional Korean dish called nurungji, known in English as seared rice. Originally it was the layer of overcooked rice at the bottom of the pot. However, as Koreans and other rice-based food cultures have moved toward the electric rice cooker, Nurungji has become a separate dish.

To make it, you just have to take rice, the drier the better, flatten it on top of sesame oil and let it cook on both sides. You can also sprinkle sugar over the rice to add a bit of sweetness.

Other influencers have posted their versions of the sushi waffle, and comments acknowledge where the dish came from.

“Nah, they gentrified nurungji,” @qylechon commented on this post.

While the basis of the sushi waffle is nurungji, the sushi waffle is simply a nurungji-influenced viral trend. Also, nurungji is a Korean dish and sushi is traditionally a Japanese dish, making this meal the perfect example of how the internet can boost food culture.

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