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In Japanese cuisine, okazu means an accompaniment to rice, but, given that the traditional Japanese meal is constructed around rice, that’s a very broad definition: a meal consists of rice, plus okazu – of fish, meat, vegetables, tofu – pretty much everything, except the rice, is an okazu.In Japanese cuisine, okazu means an accompaniment to rice, but, given that the traditional Japanese meal is constructed around rice, that’s a very broad definition: a meal consists of rice, plus okazu – of fish, meat, vegetables, tofu – pretty much everything, except the rice, is an okazu.

Which brings us to onigiri: Roundly triangular, hand-formed Japanese rice balls, often wrapped in a piece of nori, with a variety of savoury fillings inside. The savoury fillings are okazu.

Which brings us to Abokichi Onigiri Café, at 258 Dupont in Toronto. It serves quirky and delicious grilled sandwiches, and an amazing variety of onigiri. Amongst the fillings for their onigiri are 3 delicious varieties of an umami sesame oil/miso/garlic/onion concoction: Chili Miso, Spicy Chili Miso and Curry Miso, all of which are now available at South China Seas.

They are perfect with rice, of course, but also spectacular in sandwiches and with eggs, steaks, chicken, fish, rice, pasta, potatoes, and vegetables. (Psst: Spicy Chili Miso is a secret ingredient for easy, uncompromisingly good Ma Po Tofu and Szechuan Green Beans!)

 

BUY OKAZU SPICY CHILI MISO

 

BUY OKAZU CHILI MISO

 

BUY OKAZU CURRY MISO