What is Mazekomi Furikake?
If you are quite well acquainted with Japanese food, you should know about “Furikake (ふりかけ)”. For those who have never heard of it, Furikake is a Japanese seasoning blend consisting of various kinds of dry mini flakes made from meat, seafood, eggs, seaweed, sesame seeds and so on.
Furikake is a product meant to be sprinkled mainly over hot steamed plain rice, and after you sprinkle it over cooked rice, you usually eat the Furikake topped rice as it is. This is the traditional way of eating Furikake flakes.
Mazekomi Furikake (混ぜ込みふりかけ)
But in recent years, as I wrote in this article, products of the Furikake type called “Mazekomi (混ぜ込み)” can be seen in groceries in Japan. The Mazekomi Furikake is a relatively new type of Furikake seasoning which, unlike normal Furikake seasonings, is meant to be mixed with plain white rice after being sprinkled on the rice.
Mazekomi Furikake can be told apart from usual Furikake seasonings by the name, in which the word “Mazekomi (混ぜ込み)” meaning “mixing in” in Japanese is usually included.
But of course, you can use normal Furikake, like the usage of Mazekomi Furikake, by mixing into steamed plain rice, like when you make Onigiri rice balls.