What is Onigiri?

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Sometimes also known as “omusubi,” onigiri are triangular rounded balls of rice. Most are wrapped in nori (seaweed) so that they are easier to hold. They are often used as a portable food that you don’t need chopsticks or tableware to eat.


It is common for onigiri to contain filling, such as grilled salmon, pickled plums, kelp, and many other varieties. There are also variations on onigiri where seasonings such as soy sauce and miso are cooked onto the surface of the rice! Onigiri are readily available at convenience stores and supermarkets at about 100 yen apiece.