Onigiri is a Japanese food that is made out of sushi rice that is shaped into an oval or triangle, stuffed with a sour or savory filling, and wrapped in seaweed. Despite the fact that the food is made with sushi rice, it is not considered to be sushi. Some of the most common onigiri fillings include salmon, tuna, pickled fruit, kelp, and fish roe. Onigiri is commonly served as a sort of fast food in Japan. Its shape and the fact that it is wrapped in seaweed makes it rather easy to eat on the go. One onigiri serves as a good snack while two or three can take the place of a meal.
While sushi is most commonly found in restaurants, onigiri is sold in convenience stores in Asia. The ingredients that are used to make this rice ball snack are rather affordable, which means that the final result is an affordable snack that is on par with the prices of other convenience store snacks. In Asia, there are also some shops that specialize in onigiri and sell only variations of this kind of food. These shops usually sell rice balls of various shapes and with various fillings.
The amount of seaweed that is used to cover the exterior of onigiri also varies. There are some styles in which the entire rice ball is covered in dried seaweed. These are especially easy to eat without the use of utensils. There are also some that are made with just a single band of seaweed. This creates a small surface area of seaweed that can be grasped by the thumb and one finger while the treat is being consumed.
Sometimes the exteriors of onigiri are decorated so that they resemble faces. Strips of seaweed and vegetables are used to create eyes, noses, and mouths. The faces may be human or animal. These sorts of onigiri are enjoyed by children and adults alike.
There are some variations of onigiri in which the filling is visible on one or more sides of the morsel. This is a bit more difficult to prepare than the standard variety of the dish. This is because in the standard form, the filling is placed at the center of the patty of rice which is then shaped. In this unique form of the dish, the filling has to be worked so that it can be seen from the outside.