Otona no Furikake: Nagatanien’s Classic Rice Seasoning
Rice is the staple food of the Japanese. Along with various side dishes and miso soup, we usually have a hot bowl of white rice for almost every meal.
Accordingly in Japan, there is a unique condiment for rice called “Furikake (ふりかけ)“, which mainly consists of dry granules or mini flakes made from a variety of foods, including meat, fish, eggs, and seaweed.
Furikake has a long history and is said to have originated in the Kamakura Period (1185 to 1333). In modern times, a range of Furikake seasonings have come out in the market and you can find a large variety of Furikake at supermarkets in Japan.
In recent years, many popular Japanese Furikake seasonings are easy to obtain online, and such product includes “Marumiya Noritama” with the largest share in the market, “Mishima Yukari“, the most famous Shiso (perilla) Furikake, and what I picked up today “Otona no Furikake”.
Otona no Furikake (Rice Seasoning for Adults)
What I introduce here “Otona no Furikake (おとなのふりかけ)” was created by “Nagatanien (永谷園)”, a Japanese food company well-known for Furikake products, and put on the market in 1989.
Before Otona no Furikake was introduced, Furikake had been considered what was meant for children. So in order to break the image, Nagatanien released “Otona no Furikake (おとなのふりかけ)” literally meaning “Rice Seasoning for Adults” in Japanese.
Although Nagatanien Otona no Furikake is based on the concept “Furikake for adults”, it not only can make adults satisfied but is really easy to eat and children can also enjoy it.
A few decades have passed since it went on the market, but even now the Otona no Furikake is one of the most popular Furikake series in Japan and is widely enjoyed by both adults and children.
5 Flavors of Otona no Furikake Mini 2
The product “Otona no Furikake Mini 2” I purchased this time is made up of 5 flavors, each consists of 4, and totals 20 packets. And last, let me give you an overview of the 5 flavors.
Niku Miso (肉味噌: Miso-Flavored Meat Flakes)
The flavor “Niku Miso (肉味噌)” mainly consists of chicken flakes seasoned with miso. Other ingredients include wheat flour, nori seaweed, sesame seeds, gochujang (Korean red chili paste), matcha green tea powder, onion powder, bonito extract, yeast extract, powdered soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
Mentaiko (明太子: Seasoned Cod Roe)
“Mentaiko (明太子)” is salted cod roe and this flavor primarily consists of its flakes. Other ingredients include wheat flour, red chili pepper, seafood extract, yeast extract, matcha powder, sesame seeds, nori seaweed, starch, sugar, and salt.
Sake Wakame (鮭わかめ: Salmon and Wakame Seaweed Flakes)
“Sake Wakame (鮭わかめ)” is a Furikake flavor mainly containing salmon flakes and bits of wakame seaweed. Other ingredients include nori seaweed, wheat flour, salmon extract, matcha powder, yeast extract, starch, sugar, and salt.
Ume Yukari (梅ゆかり: Ume Plums and Shiso Leaves)
“Ume Yukari (梅ゆかり)” is a rice condiment similar to the Furikake Mishima Yukari and mainly consists of dry tiny flakes processed from Ume plums and Shiso leaves. Other ingredients include wheat flour, bonito powder, bonito extract, soy sauce, matcha powder, yeast extract, starch, sesame seeds, nori seaweed, sugar, and salt.
Katsuo Mirin (かつおみりん: Mirin-Flavored Bonito Flakes)
Katsuo Mirin is a Furikake rice seasoning consisting mainly of bonito flakes seasoned with Mirin sweet cooking rice wine. Other ingredients include wheat flour, starch, yeast extract, sesame seeds, powdered soy sauce, nori seaweed, sugar, and salt.
Lastly, for your reference, here is the specific ingredient list of these 5 flavors.