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Onigiri-ya Shirayuki

Onigiri-ya Shirayuki

Tokamachi

Address: 新潟県十日町市寅甲127−1, 948-0000, Japan
Phone:+81 25-757-8516




The significance of this post has a lot to do with rice and Japanese nihonshu.   Onigiri is known as rice ball in English.    In fact it is not a rice ball; more like a rice triangle stuffed with various toppings and is often  associated with lunch.    It is a comfort food that's widely enjoyed by just about everybody needing something quick, delicious, and healthy.   Niigata Prefecture is home to Koshihikari, a premium grain of rice exclusively grown in this region; other prefectures now grow their own variation of koshihikari.  Jilin, China also grows its own style of koshihikari as well.  However, real koshihikari is most associated with Niigata Prefecture and it is here that you can enjoy so many local brands that are incredibly delicious.       In the picture below you see something called yakionigiri, a slightly burnt variation of onigiri topped with miso.   These are heavenly.




It's not often you get a chance to read up on good places to eat in Niigata, especially in small cities like Tokamachi, at least not in English.   In Japan you will most likely see kanji characters written like this:  居酒屋 izakaya/ pub 焼き鳥屋  yakitoriya / grilled chicken pub, but have you ever heard of a おにぎりーya /onigiri-ya. These characters designate what each pub specializes in, and there are more designations. There are too many great places to eat in Japan.    Which is the best place to eat?   Keep it simple.  This is what I said when I was researching where to eat when I discovered a restaurant called Shirayuki / White Snow. The significance for choosing this particular place  as you may have  guessed is because of the rice balls and  jizake / local nihonshu.    You are right.    However, that wasn't the only reason.   The real reason is because of the staff.    Everybody working here are farmers, and all of the ingredients used are locally sourced. Rice, fish, and sake are all locally sourced and served up perfectly.  


One of my favorite dishes in the top picture is called tamagoyaki a Japanese omelet.   These are all wonderfully handmade and go very well with sake.  

All of the fresh sashimi is locally sourced and melts right on the tongue.   The sake I was having is called Midorikawa Shuzo.  
And then here is the deep fried garlic dipped in mayo.  Having a gf who doesn't mind eating such a treat is wonderful.   I absolutely love these thing.

Visiting this place is a little out of the way because but that's what I like sometimes.  These little hidden gems left alone in the middle of the backcountry that produce some of the best tastes in food and rice brew.  

Cheers,

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