I've been making onigirazu lately and can't seem to get enough of them. They are perfect for leftovers. I know they were a thing a bit back, so the internet and a friend in-the-know tells me, but I only just discovered them this last year. They are basically a big onigiri with a lot more room for fillings. This one I made has salmon mixed with some sriracha mayo and seasoned rice.
I was grabbing these to eat at Uwajamya for about a year, not even considering making them. I don't know why, it just didn't occur to me. I was at the book store inside Uwajimaya (Kinokuniya) and saw this book and got ridiculously excited. I didn't buy it, but visit it often. This book and youtube videos of people making these made it easy to try. I bought my large nori sheets while I was there and that was all I needed.
So, my family is not down this these. Yet. I still have hope. I think they might be the perfect food. So portable, tasty, and easy to make.
A few cons:
- my family won't eat them (but they would be the perfect lunch/picnic/snack food for everyone!) My girls call them "mom's weird seaweed sandwiches" and don't like the smell. At all.
- I have not found a way to make them with brown rice and still stick together, which I know would be healthier.
- The whole arsenic-in-the-rice thing, which I guess is higher in brown rice, so white maybe isn't so bad.
- Some fillings don't lend themselves to freezing. I like to make several at a time and freeze. My combinations are all over the place—turkey and cheese, salmon salad, tuna salad, eggs and cheese, beans and cheese, cabbage slaws, and the sauces I add are creative/questionable.
- Pete says none of this sounds like it would taste good with nori—but it does! To, me. But I also like nori and he's not a huge fan.
The pros for me are huge, I use little bits of leftovers and I make a bunch at a time and them freeze them and they are delicious and I can eat them in the car! And, I think they are funny— I do try to make weird combonations on purpose, just to see if they still taste good, and so far I have had no fails. I did pull one out of my purse to eat during a fancy ballet performance, I was starving, and forgot about the smell these can have, and the whole deal was awkward and weird, but I ate it anyway in the dark, not looking at the other parents sitting next to me. For the win!