After my trip to Asia a few years ago, one of the things which I really missed was the triangle shaped Onigiri お握り (rice balls) that I would have as breakfast or as a snack during the day. This came up during one of my conversations with a Japanese colleague the other day, and she told me that there was actually a store in Brisbane which sold Onigiri, at Central Station. I wandered down there to have lunch.
Food is ordered at the counter and collected when they call out your number.
For lunch, I ordered the salmon bento, which came with a complementary miso soup on the side. I enjoyed the miso soup as it contained fried tofu, which in my opinion has a better texture than fresh tofu. The salmon bento contained a small selection of salmon sashimi, two salmon nigiri and four pieces of salmon avocado roll. In line with the sign outside the store, the salmon was very fresh and delicious. On this instance the rice was slightly overcooked, but still nicely seasoned.
Other than that, I had an Onigiri for takeaway. Whilst it still consists of rice wrapped in some seaweed, it isn't considered sushi because the rice is not seasoned, and the fillings are almost never raw, which means that it can be kept for a more extended period of time. On that note, I enjoyed mine as an afternoon snack in the comfort of my own home. The thing I particularly like about onigiri from Nigi Nigi is their packaging, which conveniently separates the seaweed from the rice, which ensures that when I open the packet, the seaweed is still fresh and crisp. In this instance I got the teriyaki salmon onigiri, and whilst it was cooked and a little salty, the rice texture was excellent and I still enjoyed it immensely.
Price Range: $10 - $20pp