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onigiri withdrawal: source for individually wrapped sheets of nori

Jardinia May 11, 2009 01:49 PM

Now that Kotobukiya is closed I'm lost - have no clue where I can get packages of individually wrapped nori for onigiri. I'm looking for the type that Kotobukiya used to wrap the onigiri that they sold. Anyone know of a source in greater boston? Or online? plenty of places sell packages of nori sheets, but I'd love to be able to pick up some of the individually wrapped sheets, they just make life easier.

Would also love to know the recipe Kotobukiya used for the spicy tuna onigiri if anyone has the recipe or wants to take a stab?

arigato gozaimasu,


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    Jardinia May 14, 2009 08:20 AM

    Just in case anyone finds this thread while searching for individually cellophane wrapped sheets of nori for takeaway-style onigiri, Reliable does *not * stock them. They do otherwise have a very good selection of nori , in a variety of sizes and in both japanese and korean styles. Their meats and fish also look great, it's a good option for me in now that Kotobukiya is no more. I will check out Super 88 also and report back.

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    1. re: Jardinia
      StriperGuy May 14, 2009 09:57 AM

      Really, I would swear I saw them there. Maybe not cellophane wrapped, but in a little metalic pouchy thing. Sorry for the bad info...

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        Jardinia May 14, 2009 10:12 AM

        No prob- it was great fun to go there and poke around, they have a great selection of other products, I bought a bag full of goodies. I'll doublecheck on my next trip, who knows- maybe they were sold out.

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      Jardinia May 13, 2009 07:47 AM

      I had forgotton about Sea to You- thanks for reminding me! I was going to lament my inability to find other specialty ingredients in another post LOL

      Re: saran wrap, personally I hate the stuff and don't keep it in the house. Wax paper might be more suitable for wrapping and parceling nori... Plan B given no cellophane-wrapped-nori will be to keep the onigiri seperately from the nori until ready to eat (which is what I commonly do already anyway), but for hanami and other picnics/outings nothing beats the convenience of the cello wrapped nori sheets. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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      1. re: Jardinia
        Zatan May 13, 2009 11:26 AM

        I thought I saw individually wrapped sheets at Super 88 yesterday. They definitely had the kind I snack on the ones 1" x 3" or so, that come in a strip of individually wrapped sheets. Another package nearby looked like it had ones that were more like 4" x 4" (I'm guessing at dimensions). They were not in the section marked "Japanese".

        1. re: Jardinia
          kobuta May 13, 2009 12:18 PM

          What I meant was to use the saran wrap on the onigiri, not the nori. You can pre-cut the nori into the right size sheets/strips and then pack them in a baggie. You then unwrap the onigiri, and pop them onto the nori.

        2. StriperGuy May 12, 2009 01:07 AM

          Japonaise bakery in Brookline also sells onigiri and I am fairly sure Reliable market (mostly Korean) has individually wrapped nori.

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          1. re: StriperGuy
            debidokun May 12, 2009 04:30 AM

            Reliable DEFINATELY does sell the nori for onigiri - buy it there all the time. Reliable has a good selection of a variety of Japanese products.

          2. poptart May 11, 2009 07:44 PM

            Sometimes Japonaise bakery in Porter Exchange and in Brookline (Beacon st. near St. Mary's) have onigiri....they are quite good but unfortunately they are often sold out.

            1. galleygirl May 11, 2009 05:45 PM

              Cherry Mart carries onigiri made at Sea To You; they sell sushi supplies, so they probably have the wrapped nori sheets...

              1. kobuta May 11, 2009 03:56 PM

                Cherry Mart on Newbury St does sell onigiri as well, though I really don't recall whether they sold individually wrapped nori. You can give them a try.

                Otherwise, I think just separating your cut nori from the onigiri is the way to go, or wrapping them in saran wrap before packaging. I'm pretty sure most Japanese families do not use the kind of nori sheets used by conbini for packaging, and hey, if it works for them..

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