Newly opened Mr Onigiri sells unique locally inspired Japanese onigiri

By Azhar Aziz October 17, 2022
Newly opened Mr Onigiri sells unique locally inspired Japanese onigiri
The assortment of onigiri available at Mr Onigiri. Photo: Mr Onigiri/Google

If you’ve travelled to Japan before, chances are you would have come across an onigiri — a Japanese rice ball wrapped in nori, or a dried seaweed sheet. Typically filled with mentaiko (marinated cod roe), tuna mayonnaise, salmon flakes or pickled plum, it’s a pocket-sized snack loved by the Japanese. 

Newly opened onigiri specialty cafe, Mr Onigiri, has decided to put a local twist on this triangular Japanese treat by offering an upsized version that resembles a sandwich.

Opening its doors in early October, the eatery’s version envelopes its fillings between two rectangular slabs of rice and seaweed, so the rice acts like two halves of a bun.

Discernibly heftier in weight, these onigiri-wiches are a full meal and can satisfy you, even when you’re on the go. 

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The otakotak onigiri. Photo: Mr Onigiri/Google

One locally inspired item on the menu is the otakotak onigiri (S$6.90). 

Wrapped in Japanese rice and seaweed, the otak from Muar, Malaysia, adds a spicy element to the onigiri. The freshly made tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette), sweet mentaiko sauce and spam meat counter the zingy spiciness well, giving this onigiri a balanced and delicious flavour profile.

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The signature melty cheesy crispy chicken onigiri. Photo: Mr Onigiri/Google

The signature melty cheesy crispy chicken (S$5.90) is a fusion onigiri that resembles a typical local Western dish in Singapore. 

It comprises a thick crunchy chicken patty, fresh lettuce, cheese, tartar sauce and Japanese rice, bringing to mind an American hamburger with a Japanese twist, sort of like Mos Burger’s beloved rice burgers.

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The double yummy double ebi onigiri. Photo: Mr Onigiri/Google

Another must-try item on the menu would be the double yummy double ebi (S$5.90). 

The combination of deep-fried ebi, spam, tamagoyaki and creamy tartar sauce brings out the umami flavours of this onigiri. 

At present, Mr Onigiri is available for takeaways only.

Book a ride to Mr Onigiri.

Mr Onigiri

215P Upper Thomson Road
Nearest MRT station: Marymount
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 8pm)

215P Upper Thomson Road
Nearest MRT station: Marymount
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 8pm)


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Azhar Aziz

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Azhar loves to connect with people through his work and stories. After spending almost a decade in the tech start-up scene, he is now ready to share his passion for all things food.

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