Drinkable Rice Balls Sure Look Nasty

Illustration for article titled Drinkable Rice Balls Sure Look Nasty
Screenshot: Buzz+ News
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Onigiri is usually translated as “rice ball,” because the food is often shaped like, well, a ball of rice. For centuries, the triangular onigiri has been a meal that one eats. Until now.

Advertisement

Behold “Nomu Onigiri” or “Drinkable Rice Ball.” Packed with 200 kilocalories, this rice ball beverage type thing is made from skipjack tuna flakes, Japanese rice, seaweed and sour plum. It has enough dietary fiber as one head of lettuce and, when squirted out, looks like this.

Advertisement

Goodness.

Here is what onigiri you eat, not drink, looks like. Which is yummy!

Illustration for article titled Drinkable Rice Balls Sure Look Nasty
Photo: MoonSoleil

Website Buzz Plus describes the texture of Nomu Onigiri being similar to cold okayu, which is a type of rice porridge (which I like). Maybe if this was sold as that instead of drinkable onigiri, it wouldn’t look so nasty?

Illustration for article titled Drinkable Rice Balls Sure Look Nasty
Screenshot: Buzz+ News
Advertisement

Nah.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

Mount_Prion
Mount_Prion

The images really show the need for precision of language, unless this is a translation error. This is swallowable, sure, but probably not drinkable.