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Japanese Onigiri Fused by Fiona Uyema

What Are Onigiri? A Note on Japanese Rice Balls

Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: about, note, onigiri
Author: Fiona Uyema


Onigiri are Japan’s version of a sandwich. These rice balls are one of Japan’s most loved convenient foods and come in different shapes, including triangular and oval.
They are mainly enjoyed as a lunch box filler and can be bought ready-made in Japanese convenience stores and supermarkets.
My three favourite onigiri recipes are Onigiri with Tuna Mayo, Onigiri with Salmon Teriyaki and Onigiri with Fish Fingers, which I use for picnics, family day trips and, of course, lunch box fillers. I found the tuna mayo onigiri in a Japanese convenience store when I was a student in Japan and couldn’t believe that they only cost about €1. I missed it so much when I returned to Ireland that I started making my own!
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