Updated: July 30, 2020
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What is Onigiri? (Japanese Rice Ball)

Onigiri is an awesome dish that can be eaten right about any time of the day. It can be breakfast, a snack, or a meal on the go. You can stuff it with your favourite ingredients and it can be prepared at home or bought in specialized restos or convenience stores.

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What is Onigiri?

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There are so many ways to make onigiri and so many ingredients can be used. But the basic rule is that it is a rice ball, which could be covered or not in nori (seaweed) and could either have ingredients mixed in directly with the rice or placed in the centre.
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Onigiri, also known as rice balls, is a super handy and delicious dish. Some Japanese people have it on the go when they don't have time to sit down for breakfast, some people have it as a snack, and some people have it as an accompaniment to a nicely prepared home-cooked meal.
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What's great about onigiris (also known as omusibis), is that they are healthy and you can add pretty much any ingredient you want inside.

Common Onigiri Ingredients:


Commonly added ingredients are pickled plums (https://favy-jp.com/topics/2832), natto (https://favy-jp.com/topics/355), tempura(https://favy-jp.com/topics/393), tuna & mayo, 'tobiko' or fish roe (https://favy-jp.com/topics/2382), dried fish, furikake (https://favy-jp.com/topics/727), pickled vegetables, etc.
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Onigiris can be prepared multiple numbers of ways. It can be wrapped in seaweed or it can be grilled over a charcoal to give it a deeper umami taste and a crisp coating.

Once you see how healthy and easy they are to make, it'll make you wonder why it wasn't always your go-to snack or breakfast.

Where to have it in Tokyo?

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Onigiris can found right about anywhere in Japan, from the basement of high-end department stores to convenience stores at every street corner. If you don't have the necessary equipment to make onigiri at home, you can easily grab one on the way or sit down for a proper meal at many shops or restaurants in Tokyo. Click on the link below to find out more.

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Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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