Have you ever tried seaweed paste? Sounds funny doesn’t it, but it’s one of my favorite easy onigiri fillings. Seaweed paste is a pasty mixture with seaweed and soy sauce. I find it salty-savory with that distinctive nori taste. Stuck inside onigiri, it offers a very flavorful bite to the otherwise mundane rice.
One small onigiri’s not quite enough so I packed two, both stuffed with seaweed paste. The brand I use is Gohan Desu, Yo! from the Japanese company Momoya. I’ve no idea if there are other brands, but it’s all right because I’m happy with this one. In case you’re an anime fan, yes, it’s the same Gohan Desu, Yo! featured in one of the episodes of Yakitate! Japan.
Along with the onigiri, I packed some mayonnaise-stuffed chikuwa, a steamed Japanese fishcake in tube form and imitation crabsticks. In a corner, I tucked in a single takoyaki. Yes, one’s usually not enough but I was just looking for a quick gap filler. At the bottom, I included half a cubed ripe mango—my favorite fruit.