Onigiri (Rice Balls)

As a person who is allergic to wheat, corn, and dairy, travel can be difficult on the stomach — particularly in North America where food manufacturers put wheat and corn as cheap filler into everything.

It’s for this reason that I tend to seek out sushi when I first enter a city, and then figure out what I can eat from there. I’m sure the people who see my expense receipts think I’m a bit crazy.

Imagine my delight when I was introduced to the world of Onigiri whilst in New York.

Ongiri is a ball or triangle of rice wrapped in seaweed, rice paper, or lettuce. Toppings are usually cooked or pickled fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, or shrimp). I liken them to Japanese sandwiches because in Asia they often line the shelves of corner stores much like we line the shelves with tuna and ham sandwiches.

In midtown, the place everyone raved about was Oms/B. [link removed]

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