7 Best Japanese Furikake Rice Seasonings
Have you ever heard of “Furikake (ふりかけ)”?
Furikake is a Japanese rice seasoning that mainly consists of flakes made from a variety of foods including meat, fish, eggs, and seaweed. Most Furikake rice seasonings available in Japan contain dried nori seaweed and sesame seeds with main ingredients. As our staple food is rice, we sometimes sprinkle the rice seasoning on plain white rice to make it tasty.
The origin of Furikake dates back to the Japan’s Kamakura Period (Kamakura : 1185 to 1333). Hence, it can be said that Furikake is a kind of traditional Japanese food (seasoning). In recent years, new types of Furikake has come out one after another in the Japan’s market, and some Furikake products contain freeze-dried ingredients that are richer in flavor and taste.
The 7 Best Furikake Rice Seasonings in Modern Times
Toady I want to talk about the history of Japanese Furikake rice seasonings briefly and introduce the 7 best Furikake in modern times.
The First Modern Furikake Rice Seasoning
|Gohan No Tomo (御飯の友)|
|This Furikake mainly contains powder of dried parched small sardine called “Iriko (いりこ)”, which is rich in calcium. The ingredients other than Iriko include dried Kombu, dried nori seaweed, and sesame seeds.|
The first modern Furikake rice seasoning “Gohan No Tomo (御飯の友)” was released in the early Taisho Period (Taisho : 1912 to 1926) in Kumamoto Prefecture. The product name, “Gohan No Tomo” has the literal meaning of “A friend of rice”. Even now, this Furikake still exists and is available at some supermarkets in Japan.
The Best and Most Popular Furikake Rice Seasoning in the Postwar Period
|Marumiya (丸美屋) – Furikake Rice Seasoning, Noritama (のりたま)|
|Marumiya Noritama mainly consists of sweet egg flakes and dried nori seaweed. It is a very famous long-seller item in Japan and even now has the top share in the market.|
The best and most popular Furikake in the postwar period is “Marumiya Noritama (丸美屋 のりたま)“. The coined word, “Noritama (のりたま)” stands for “Nori (海苔 : seaweed laver) and Tamago (卵 : egg)”. As the product name indicates, this rice seasoning mainly consists of sweet egg flakes and dried nori seaweed.
The Noritama rice seasoning went on the market in 1959 and gained tremendous popularity. Although Furikake rice seasoning had been considered as a luxurious food in Japan until Marumiya Noritama was introduced into the market, Furikake became a common food thanks to Noritama.
3 Best-selling Furikake Rice Seasonings Famous as Long-Sellers in Japan
|Mishima – Yukari Furikake Rice Seasoning||Nagatanien – Otona No Furikake||Marumiya – Noritama Series Furikake Rice Seasonings, 5 flavors|
|“Mishima Yukari (三島 ゆかり)” is one of the best Furikake products with Umeboshi plum flavor. This Japanese rice seasoning mainly consists of dried red shiso leaves and bits of pickled ume plums, so it is somewhat sour and salty.||The product name, “Otona No Furikake (おとなのふりかけ)” literally means “the Furikake for adults”. As a matter of fact, this item was developed based on the concept of “Furikake for adults”. However, it goes without saying that children can also enjoy it.||These 5 Furikake are popular rice seasonings from Marumiya Noritama series. This product of assorted Marumiya rice seasonings includes “Noritama (のりたま)”, “Hon-Katsuo (本かつお : bonito flakes)”, “Tarako (たらこ : seasoned cod roe flakes), “Sukiyaki (すきやき)”, and “Ajidoraku (味道楽)” with egg flakes, dried nori seaweed, and bonito flakes.|
2 Popular Freeze-dried Furikake Rice Seasonings in Recent Years
Finally, here are 2 popular freeze-dried types of Furikake rice seasonings that are popular on Amazon Japan in recent years.
|Luxury Furikake Rice Seasoning with Freeze-dried Sea Urchin Roe||Furikake with Freeze-dried Natto (fermented soybeans) and Dried Nori Seaweed|
|The sea urchin roe, “Uni (うに)” is the seafood that is famous as a luxury sushi topping. The way of eating this Furikake is: sprinkle one pack over a bowl of steamed plain rice and ripen the freeze-dried sea urchin for a short while, then enjoy it. This item has a good reputation among Amazon Japan customers.||This Furikake mainly consists of freeze-dried Natto (納豆 : fermented soybeans). The other ingredients include 3 kinds of dried seaweed. This Japanese rice seasoning also has a good reputation among Amazon Japan customers.|