Just a trivial blog article for today.
I got back home.
To fill up my hungry stomach, I asked my wife some onigiri. At any convenience stores in Japan they sell onigiri. That's why recently most of us Japanese eat onigiri so often. We can buy them anytime we get hungry no matter if it's midnight.
I like onigiri, but I don't remember eating onigiri often when I was a kid like I do recently. Onigiri was for special occassions like lunch ( bento ) at school, excursion of school, like that, I ate it when we needed handy food with us. Onigiri was a homemade ( mother made) food for any students then in Japan.
Today any food stores sell onigiri, which made onigiri close to our daily life.
I love onigiri of 7-11, Lawson, Family Mart, or any onigiri sold at department stores' basement food floors. But I'm sure that I will want my mother's onigiri or my wife's onigiri if I was about to pass away and if my last meal could be onigiri.
Onigiri has inside staff like plums pickles, grilled salmon, seaweeds, salmon eggs, cod eggs, and recently they often use meat (pork, beef, or chicken) for onigiri. My favorites are grilled salmon and grilled cod eggs. By 7-11 Japan's statistics, the most popular one seems to be tuna & mayonaise onigiri. It's unbelievable for me, it's not Japanese onigiri any more. I know I'm too old to accept the change of times.
I once lived in Hawaii. There in Hawaii, onigiri is very popular. That's mainly because lots of Japanese went to live in Hawaii more than 100 years ago, and they brought Japanese food culture to Hawaii then. So there are many Japanese food related cooking in Hawaii still now. Spam musubi in Hawaii is probably created by idea of onigiri of Japan.
There seems to be a very popular onigiri store called Iyasune Musubi
in Hawaii. Reading the reviews of American people at Yelp, some say that the rice of Iyasune onigiri is very soft and moist, and they even say Iyasune is probably using special technique to boil rice softer. Interesting. But I think it's wrong, Iyasune is using Japanese rice, not American rice or any other countries' but Japanese one. That's the biggest reason for soft and moist rice. I've tried making onigiri by using other countries' rice many time ever, but alawys no good result because the rice was not proper for onigiri's texture.
Iyasune in Hawaii is run by Japanese women, it's natural they use Japanese rice there. So the custommers can taste the real onigiri made by Japanese women. Yelp's reviews about the onigiri of Iyasune are extremely high rated. I want many of the reviewers to come to Japan for the real onigiri taste, if possible. I supopse it's much better in Japan.
By the way, what the difference between onigiri and musubi ?
Answer is " all the same ". Just the words are different but both mean the same rice
balls. Onigiri, Omusubi, and Musubi all mean the same rice ball food of Japan. It's just Japanese language use differences. If I expand more on it....it would take more time to explain. Sorry.
Anyway, I now want to eat onigiri !