【Japanese people teach】How to eat Onigiri (rice ball).

As a Japanese, I will teach you three tips for eating onigiri (rice ball) deliciously.
There are many pictures of onigiri.
Introducing various onigiri that can be eaten in Japan.

Onigiri with a dog's face
Onigiri with a dog’s face
A rice ball with a cute cat face.
A rice ball with a cute cat face.
Onigiri that expresses flower petals with seaweed
Onigiri that expresses flower petals with seaweed

Basic knowledge of rice Onigiri


rice balls

There are rice balls with ingredients such as salmon inside and Onigiri without ingredients.
Eat ingredients and rice together.
Japanese rice is delicious and you can feel a little sweetness.
Onigiri, which has no ingredients, is a great way to enjoy the deliciousness of rice.
There are rice balls wrapped with seaweed and Onigiri without seaweed.
Black seaweed is eaten with rice.
Do not remove the seaweed.
Please enjoy the flavor and taste of seaweed.
Onigiri have a long history and were in Japan 2300 years ago.
Onigiri wrapped with seaweed were born 300 years ago.
Onigiri is currently one of the most familiar washoku for Japanese people.
Onigiri is eaten for breakfast or lunch, or when you are a little hungry.

Ingredients to enter the Onigiri

Various ingredients go inside the rice ball.


Salmon rice ball

Salmon is the most popular ingredient.
Loosen the baked salmon and put it in the onigiri.
The saltiness of salmon goes great with rice.
Sometimes salmon is loosened and mixed with mayonnaise.
Salmon goes well with mayonnaise, so this ingredient is also delicious.

Umeboshi (Salted plums)

Umeboshi rice balls

Umeboshi is also a popular ingredient.
Umeboshi are pickled plums in salt.
Japanese umeboshi are salty and sour.
The salty flavor of umeboshi goes well with rice.
Umeboshi has seeds.
Please note that umeboshi seeds are hard and cannot be eaten.
Some rice balls do not contain umeboshi seeds.

Tuna Mayo

Tuna rice ball

“Tuna mayo” is boiled tuna with mayonnaise.
Moderate salt and mayonnaise richness goes well with tuna.
“Tuna Mayo” is a popular ingredient for rice balls.
“Tuna Mayo” is popular with young people.
“Tuna Mayo” can also be used as a sandwich ingredient.

A rare kind of Onigiri

Yakionigiri (Grilled rice ball)

Grilled rice ball

In Japan, there is “Yakionigiri”, which is made by grilling rice balls.
Season rice with soy sauce, mirin, and dashi stock.
When the seasoning and rice are mixed, shape the rice and bake.
“Yakionigiri” is crispy on the outside and has the scent of soy sauce.
“Yakionigiri” has a different texture from ordinary rice balls.
The saltiness of soy sauce and the flavor of seasonings go well with rice.
Normally, there are no ingredients in “Yakionigiri”.
“Yakionigiri” is not wrapped with seaweed.

Nikumakionigiri (meat-wrapped rice ball)

meat-wrapped rice ball

Nikumakionigiri is made by wrapping rice balls with pork seasoned with soy sauce and mirin and roasting them fragrantly.
A new style of rice ball that originated in Miyazaki prefecture in 1992.
It looks like a chunk of meat, but it has rice inside.
The pork and rice balls have a perfect balance of taste, and the taste spreads throughout your mouth.

Where to buy Onigiri in Japan

Onigiri specialty store

Make rice balls

A variety of rice balls are sold at rice ball specialty stores.
The price of rice balls is about 100 to 300 yen per piece.
Some shops make rice balls after receiving an order.
You can eat freshly made hot rice balls.
It’s delicious because it uses good rice for rice balls.
It uses good seaweed for rice balls, so it has a nice scent and texture.

convenience store

Rice balls at convenience stores

Rice balls are also sold at convenience stores.
There are also a wide variety of rice balls.
It is hygienic because it is wrapped in film and sold.
In order to enjoy the texture of seaweed, the rice is sold without being wrapped in seaweed.
Therefore, how to open the film is special.
The number on how to open it is written on the film, so open it in the order of the numbers.
The price of rice balls is about 100 to 200 yen per piece.

How to eat rice balls sold at convenience stores in Japan

3 tips to eat Japanese onigiri deliciously


rice balls

Do not remove the seaweed that wraps the onigiri.

Some onigiri are wrapped with black seaweed.
Eat seaweed with rice.
Let’s taste the flavor of seaweed.
The taste of seaweed and the taste of rice go well together.

Onigiri is eaten by hand.

Onigiri does not require chopsticks.
Hold onigiri in your hand and eat.
However, eat onigiri with clean hands.

Taste Onigiri rice

When you chew Japanese rice well, you can feel the sweetness and umami.
Eat Onigiri slowly and enjoy the taste of rice.

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