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Onigirazu, When Sandwich Meets Japanese Cuisine


What happens when a recipe from a 90’s comic book series becomes mainstream? That is the case with the ever so fascinating Onigirazu.


What is an Onigirazu, you may ask? It is a type of japanese rice ball or onigiri, but rather than having the traditional triangle, Onigirazus are shaped like a rectangle- almost a sandwich! Just like the traditional onigiri, Onigirazu are wrapped with a nice crunchy outer layer of seaweed, and includes rice with a variety of fillings as well.


Unlike onigiris, however, the filling of an Onigirazu is much more contemporary and may be likened to Japanese-style sandwich fillings. In essence, they can be thought of as a blend of Japanese rice balls and sandwiches. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day- breakfast, snack, etcetera. However, it is especially popular as a lunchtime item, usually included in a bento meal.


As mentioned earlier, this style of onigiri was actually invented quite recently in a popular comic book series in the 90’s, known as “Cooking Papa”. The story revolves around the main character, Kazumi Araiwa, a salaryman who can cook amazingly well and enjoys cooking for himself and his family. However, he is unwilling to let it be known within his workplace -possibly due to embarrassment. He leads everyone to believe his wife cooks all the meals and the delicious bento lunches he brings to work, when in fact, she cannot cook anything edible.


In one of the many chapters of the comic book series, Kazumi invents the Onigirazu, which in the comic book’s version takes less than 5 minutes. Preparing a real life version of this cuisine may take longer in real life, especially for people with busy schedules. Luckily, Sakae Sushi has your back! We offer not one, not two, but six variants of the Onigirazu!


These include the Spicy Salmon Onigirazu (SGD 8.80) [pictured], the Unagi Onigirazu (SGD 8.80), the Chicken Katsu Onigirazu (SGD 7.70), the Lobster Salad Onigirazu (SGD 8.25), the Tamago Onigirazu (SGD 7.15), and the Ebi Onigirazu (SGD 7.70). All of which are ready to order, both on our website and in one of our many outlets here in Singapore!

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