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Mar 27, 2010 07:13 PM

seasoning for rice at Torafuku?

At Torafuku on Pico, there's a seasoning mix on the table that I am absolutely addicted to. Does anyone know what it is called/what it is made of/if I can buy something similar at a Japanese market?

I think it's some sort of mix of dried fish flakes/.

Many, many thanks!

Torafuku Restaurant
10914 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Pico Cafe
8944 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  1. Sounds like "furikake" which is a mixture of seaweeds, fish flakes, dried vegetables in tiny pieces, sesame seeds, and more. You can buy it at most Japanese food stores.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      If that is what it is, there are several different mixtures with different colored labels...all in small jars. Some have bonita flakes and others have different ingredients. Be sure to read the list of ingredients on the label to get the one you want.
      I have seen them in every Japanese market, although some markets might carry more variety.

    2. Tripeler is correct - Torafuku has their own in house mix of furikake that's really good, but they don't sell it. There are bout 20 kinds of furikake at Marukai, but whether you can find one that's as good as Torafuku's is questionable. Mitsuwa is closer than Gardena Marukai, but they have a much smaller selection.

      1. There's one that we like, don't know the brand name, comes in an orange and blue package with fishes on it. Old-time Japanese favorite, says Mme Akitist.

        1. Some brands of furikake are available in packages with quite a number of small packets in different flavors. Look for those, and you can try several kinds to find out your favorite.

          1. Thanks, everybody! It looks like there is a trip to Gardena and some taste testing in my future. I hope I can find something similar ... or perhaps bring a little ziploc to my next Torafuku trip. jk

            Torafuku Restaurant
            10914 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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            1. re: monkeymilk

              I think if you cover The South Bay's Nijiya, Mitsuwa and Marukai - in that order, You'll have covered just about any commercially available furikake here. Many of the packages will give you a window to see the actual product, or at least an image. But if you've developed a liking for furikake, don't let the search for a particular type stop you from trying others. :)