Furikake, a Japanese Rice Seasoning

Furikake is a sweet, salty and little bit nutty rice seasoning/topping made from a leftover of the bonito flakes and kelp after cooking a Japanese stock, dashi. It is a great way of reusing bonito flakes, which are quite expensive, especially in Europe (about €70 for 500 grams). So this way nothing goes to waste, and a simple bowl of rice gets a delicious upgrade.

In Japan, furikake comes in a huge range of flavors, and you can find in every local supermarket. From more complex version with shrimps or octopus (not my favorite) to a simple one such a mix of salt, sesame seeds, and seaweed. One of my favorite ones is a mix of perilla (shiso) flowers and salt, simple and delicious! 

 

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