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Sumo Onigiri, Rice Ball
What is Sumo Onigiri?
Sumo Onigiri sells ONIGIRI, also know as rice balls, is a Japanese comfort food made from rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and usually wrapped in nori (seaweed). If a person is new to Japanese cuisine, sometimes onigiri is misunderstood as a type of sushi but it is not. One of the key difference between Onigiri and sushi is that Onigiris are made with plain rice(sometimes lightly salted), while sushi are made of rice seasoned with vinegar, salt, and sugar. Onigiri makes rice portable and easy to eat as well as preserving it. Onigiri are also found in many convenience stores in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea.
Onigiri are very popular in Japan and all different appetizing flavors of onigiri can be found in Japanese convenience stores. At the time, Onigiri were first invented, refrigerators didn’t exist yet. So the Japanese came up with a method to keep the rice fresh longer by filling it with salty or sour ingredient as natural preservatives.
People prefer various onigiri fillings based on their favorites; however, the most important ingredient in Onigiri is Japanese Rice. There is a long history of rice being cultivated in Japan for over 2000 years. It is by far the most fundamental food in Japanese cuisine that the word for it “gohan” also means the “meal” itself. The rice is the main part of the Onigiri. Japanese rice is a thin and fat short-grain rice, and also known as japonica, uruchimai, orsushi rice (not vinegared sushi rice used for sushi).