If you are aware or have heard of Onigirazu (?????) – a type of Japanese rice ball, then you’re pretty current with the latest of Japanese food trends!Onigirazu was in fact one of the most influential food trend in Japan last year (2015) and today I’m making Onigirazu with Bulgogi, Korean grilled beef! What does Onigirazu mean"The name Onigirazu comes from Japanese rice ball – Onigiri (????) or sometimes called Omusubi (????).OnigiriOnigiri is a great healthy choice for lunch or snack. It is made of the rice formed into the traditional triangle, round, or cylinder shape with hands. Usually the rice ball is filled with pickled plum (umemboshi), soy sauce seasoned bonito flakes (okaka), or other kinds of fillings, and then wrapped with nori seaweed.The word “Onigiri” comes from “Nigiru“, which means to squeeze or hold tightly in Japanese. When you do NOT squeeze tightly, we say “Nigiranai” or “Nigirazu“.So Onigirazu is the rice ball (Onigiri) that is NOT squeezed tightly into the traditional shape (Nigirazu).
The Onigirazu HistoryAlthough Onigirazu became a huge trend last year, it had been introduced 25 years ago by a manga artist Tochi Ueyama in his manga (Japanese comic books) “Cooking Papa“.In his food manga, the main character, a dad and salary-man, likes to cook for his family. Ueyama named this dish “Onigirazu”and introduced it in his comic books when he saw his wife making a new style of Onigiri.In fall 2014, the most popular Japanese recipe sharing site, Cookpad, had a feature on Onigirazu recipes. Since then, this recipe was revived and it became a popular search word, especially among housewives who make their husband and children’s lunches.
What’s So Special About Onigirazu"It has 3 big appealing features that caught everyone’s attention and stayed popular.1. More fillings; make it into a meal!It can be stuffed with much more ...