Sunday, June 25, 2006

Musubi and the Art of Picnic Foods

The Japanese love their Musubis. Like sandwiches, they're great picnic and on-the-go snacks.
Oms/b in NYC is helping to spread the Musubi culture in the States. Until they have one out in LA, I'll be making my own:

Ao Ji-so and Shiba Musubi

Wasabi Furikake Musubi

Salmon Musubi - my favorite

Wrap them all in seaweed, and you're good to go. I also made a dill red potato, red onion, and green onion salad (also a good picnic food).

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

do you mean onigiri?

Anonymous said...

those are not musubi

Mila Tan said...

I know them as onigiri, and they even come in circular shapes. We had one recently that was as big as a duckpin bowling ball, wrapped in nori then for a celebratory touch a sparkler was added. Silly but a fun touch. The filling was a mix of salmon, pickled ginger, cucumber, and wasabi.

Hiro said...

Nigiri and Musubi are both correct. The verb is "musubu," which means to bind, which in this case is the binding of the rice. The verb of nigiri is "nigiru," which means to grip, which in this case is gripping rice together. Check out the oms/b website. They're a musubi restaurant in NYC and they categorize a musubi as a rice ball.