Onigiri with elaborate ingredients at a specialized store.

Onigiri, rice ball is a traditional homely food in Japan, but lately it is sold at convenience stores (konbini コンビニ) and the food market in a department store basement(depachika デパ地下) . I was very surprised to see it come outo the market at first in my childhood, but now I sometimes buy it on a busy morning and when I get the munchies.

Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with common ingredients, for example pickled ume (umeboshi 梅干し), salted salmon (sake 鮭) cod's roe (tarako 鱈子) and small pieces of sliced dried bonito (okaka おかか) and such common onigiri can be easy to get at convenience stores. But stores specialized in Onigiri stock ones filled with various elaborately cooked ingredients.

Today I bought a Onigiri filled with soft-boiled egg with a taste, with Shrimp Tempura and wrapped with sliced pork at the food market in a department store basement in Shinjuku. They are so troublesome to cook with many processes that I hardly do them at home and simply buy them.

2 commentaires:

  1. Wow, this looks so delicious. Is this good only when made fresh, or one day later too?

  2. It tastes rather good, but best in the day it is cooked.