Japanese onigiri (rice balls) are simple and casual foods made from hot rice. They are popular foods from children to adults in Japan. People usually eat rice balls for breakfast, Bento (lunch box), or snack. You can buy them at the convenience stores, some supermarkets and specialized onigiri shops in Japan. And you can find various fillings of Onigiri (rice balls). When You cook rice balls at home, you can put in the filling that you like. Popular fillings are salmon, tarako (salted cod roe), Mentaiko (spicy cod roe), ume (pickled plum), tuna, etc…
Sakura onigiri (cherry blossom rice balls)
Sakura rice balls need sakuracha (pickled Sakura) for fillings. They have a romantic and beautiful pink color, and hearty flavor of Sakura. So I sometimes cook them for Hanami (cherry blossom festival). It’s really simple and easy to make.
Recipe: Sakura rice balls
Ingredients (6 portions)
1, Wash the sakuracha and put it into 2cups water for 3minutes.