Onigiri with Furikake

Onigiri with Furikake

Furikake is a popular Japanese seasoning that is often used to flavor rice, particularly onigiri. Onigiri, also known as rice balls, are a traditional Japanese snack made of rice formed into various shapes, usually triangular, and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Furikake is sprinkled over the rice to add flavor and variety to the onigiri.

Furikake comes in various types and flavors, and the ingredients can vary, but some common ones include dried fish, sesame seeds, seaweed, sugar, salt, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). It may also contain other seasonings like bonito flakes, dried egg, plum, or shiso (perilla) leaves. The combination of these ingredients creates a delicious and savory topping that enhances the taste of the rice and makes it more enjoyable to eat.

To enjoy furikake with onigiri, you can simply sprinkle the seasoning over the rice before shaping it into the desired form (usually a triangle) and wrapping it with a strip of nori to hold it together. Some people also like to mix furikake directly into the rice before shaping the onigiri.

It's a convenient and tasty snack that you can find in many convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan. Additionally, making your own furikake at home allows for customization and experimentation with different flavors and ingredients.


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