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Onigiri in Toronto?

Phoenix Jan 16, 2014 08:28 AM

After a trip to Japan, i can't stop thinking about onigiri, the ubiquitous grab & go snack. I know I could probably make my own, but that would take the fun out of it.
So...any suggestions for places to get onigiri in Toronto? Although Japanese izakayas often have them on the menu, I don't recall seeing it here, but I could be wrong.

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    bytepusher RE: Phoenix Jan 16, 2014 08:39 AM

    They sell onigiri wrapped to go in the foodmarket part of J-Town

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      1sweetpea RE: bytepusher Jan 16, 2014 08:46 AM

      I've definitely seen them at Sanko on Queen Street. Korean interpretations are often available near the checkout counters (with the kimbap offerings) at Korean owned food stores. Find out what day and time they come in fresh. They are much tastier when very fresh.

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        szw RE: 1sweetpea Jan 19, 2014 03:48 PM

        Sanko ones come in every day, I think usually around 12-1pm.

        I also get them sometimes at galleria or PAT, but they are a little different (more korean)

        I think they should be fresh every day at the korean stores also. I buy kimbap in the evening at 50% off (onigiri not discounted, but always very few left).

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      Michael N RE: Phoenix Jan 16, 2014 09:03 AM

      They also sell them at T&T. However I should warn you that I had a similar craving for onigiri after a recent trip to Asia, and nothing I've found in Toronto is even close to as tasty as the stuff you can find in any convenience store in Japan or Korea. 'Tis a pale imitation, sadly. I still get the occasional craving, but I have resigned myself to the fact that I will simply have to wait until my next trip to satisfy it.

      It's weird, because it's so simple, but there you go.

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        ToxicJungle RE: Michael N Jan 16, 2014 09:42 AM

        I tried them at T&T and J-town, don't get them at T&T, they are not good, try J-town. I have seen them at H-mart and galleria, but not at Pat East.

      2. happycamper RE: Phoenix Jan 16, 2014 10:02 AM

        Manpuku at the Grange has a satisfying version - also available for carry out.

        As an aside, you can usually ask any Japanese-owned places to make onigiri for you on the spot - picked plums and daikon are staples in their kitchen.

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          Phoenix RE: happycamper Jan 16, 2014 02:48 PM

          Hi HC, thanks for the input. I'll try Manpuku (I'm guessing they make onigiri fresh each day or so). Also interested in your other suggestion - have you made this kind of request anywhere?


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            happycamper RE: Phoenix Jan 17, 2014 10:03 AM

            I have had them at Japango.

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          LUV_TO_EAT RE: Phoenix Jan 16, 2014 12:54 PM

          You can also buy them at Taro's fish on Sheppard Ave.

          1. Dr. John RE: Phoenix Jan 16, 2014 03:31 PM

            The ones at J-Town, Sanko, and Taro are all fairly equivalent.

            They are really easy to make though, and then you get your pick of the filling.

            1. JonasBrand RE: Phoenix Jan 17, 2014 05:40 AM

              There used to be a spot on Baldwin street called Bloom that specialized in Onigiri, it was super good, but alas sadly now out of business :/

              Like others I've seen some at Sanko. Should be findable at Korean groceries as well.

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                h3llbringer RE: Phoenix Jan 17, 2014 06:20 AM

                http://www.abokichi.com/ Makes really unique ones, but they're impossible to find. I still haven't managed to try their onigiri yet.

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                  ItsRainingMian RE: Phoenix Jan 19, 2014 07:33 AM

                  The Korean grocery store PAT at Bloor and Christie definitely sells them. They're near the check-out, in the fridge where all the drinks are kept. I love the tuna one. It's like tuna salad though - canned tuna with mayo. More akin to the onigiri at 7/11 in Japan. I think the ones at Manpuku use non-canned fish, and I think can be ordered grilled as well. It's been awhile since I had them, but I remember finding them kind of disappointing.

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