You Have to Visit These Popular Rice Ball Shops in Nagoya, Japan
Are you an onigiri fan?
These days, rice balls—also known as the origin of Japanese food—are now evolving in combinations, exploring different kinds of flavors and versions. Ingredients and wraps are carefully chosen, and some have local colors too. In this article, we will introduce two shops in Nagoya famous for their own version of rice balls.
Tsubaki ONIGIRI STAND
It’s a simple and clean place that makes you want to look into the store.
This store located in the Naka District of Nagoya City only provides its customers with freshly-made rice balls. Their rice is Koshihikari produced in Okayama, while their seaweed is from Ariake, and their salt is mostly from Okinawa. There are 10 items on their menu such as tuna mayo, goma kombu, nanko ume, okaka (¥180), tori gomoku, mentaiko, and okaka cream cheese (¥220). All of these rice balls taste exciting and unique in their own way which will never bore your tastebuds.
Mentai Cream Cheese (¥220) is a collaboration of mentaiko and cream cheese.
The most popular Mentai Cream Cheese is a creamy combination of a little sour cream cheese and carefully chosen mentaiko.
Sake (¥220) is the next popular pick. A lot of Hokkaido produced salmon is used for this.
The second most popular is Sake. Hokkaido produced salmon is used a lot and this produces the addictive juicy flavor to the rice ball.
Lunch Set (¥580)
The Lunch Set is a good deal with two rice balls of your choice and tonjiru (miso soup with pork) for you to feast on during lunch. This set is only available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a limited supply. Drop by earlier than others and bag one before they run out of sets! The white interior and stylish packaging are one of the many attractive points of this store.
Tsubaki ONIGIRI STAND is located at Marunouchi Hills, 2-19-19 Marunouchi, Nagoya City, Aichi. You may contact them through +81-52-684-6373. The shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are usually closed on Sundays and national holidays.
Parlor Hoshigaoka Pottama
Parlor Hoshigaoka Pottama of the Chikusa District in Nagoya City is a specialty shop selling pork egg rice balls. These are considered as Okinawa’s soul food. The pork meatloaf they use is from Tulip Food Company, a popular brand in Okinawa. Other local ingredients are specially chosen as well for their dishes. There are nine kinds of rice balls to choose from and you can opt to take them out on the first floor or eat them inside on the second floor.
The Ebi (Shrimp) Taru Taru (¥490). Just one order of this rice ball will satisfy you.
The most popular Ebi (Shrimp) Taru Taru is composed of two shrimp fries, tartar sauce, and lettuce combined with pork and egg. One serving of this big rice ball is tummy filling and satisfying.
Taiwan Minced Meat (¥430) is inspired by Taiwan ramen’s spicy minced meat.
Taiwan Minced Meat is the second popular dish on their menu with spicy minced meat inspired by Taiwan Ramen that is popular in Nagoya. It is a luxurious rice ball with two kinds of meat inside, specifically minced and pork meatloaf.
The standard Original (¥300) is also a great and creative dish you should try.
Of course, the standard Original is a staple recommendation. Original sauce, cheddar cheese, and shiso are added to the classic ingredients of pork meatloaf and egg.
Parlor Hoshigaoka Pottama is located at 133-1 Inoue-cho, Chikusa District, Nagoya city, Aichi. You may contact them through +81-80-1553-7258. They are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are also open from 9 am on weekends and national holidays.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (18 January 2019)