Eight years ago Taka had an IT-job and was living in the area of Tokyo. He had been looking for a new adventure and decided to leave for Europe. Since October last year this somewhat shy, but very nice guy is living in Amsterdam and opened the one and only onigiri shop in town. As of March he makes and sells the Japanese version of a sandwich: snacks made from salted white rice formed into triangular or cylinder shapes and wrapped in seaweed. ‘Unlike sushi we eat onigiri on a daily basis. It’s great if you need a little bite on the go. Onigiri are ready to eat; no additions needed. You can carry them with you and have nibbles during the day.’ How convenient, no? Luckily these daily fresh snacks are tasty too. I tried the ones with salmon, tuna mayo and wasabi and really liked them: perfectly cooked sticky rice with pure fillings – more fish than I expected. Say bye bye to your usual slices of bread for lunch and have 2 onigiri and a bowl of miso soup instead.
Onigiri, one, €1.50 – €2.80
Ferdinand Bolstraat 37, South (De Pijp)
Opening hours: Monday noon-10pm, Wednesday-Sunday noon-10pm