National Rice Ball Day is an annual food celebration feasted on April 19th. Those who love rice with different tastes can try rice balls. Without any doubt, the miniature version of rice balls will be a perfect treat for anyone. The Japanese dish comes in a variety of flavors, textures, and forms. Typically, rice balls will be a circular or triangular shape, and thus is easy to eat the ball of rice. The rice balls have been celebrated with a day of their own as on reaching people of different continents. Thus, National Rice Ball Day is a perfect time for anyone to excuse themselves to relish in the taste of nicely shaped and filled rice balls.
“Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.” – Mitch Hedberg
History of National Rice Ball Day
There isn’t any record found about the National Rice Ball Day’s history and origin. However, the history of rice balls can be traced back as far as the 11th century. The rice ball has been regarded as a central part of Japanese cuisine for centuries especially eaten during lunches and picnics. It is called Onigiri by the locals which means “to hold on to.” A rice ball can be any kind of food item prepared from rice. It is then shaped, condensed, or otherwise combined to form a ball shape. Rice balls are particularly prevalent in Asia and in many different cultures in which rice is eaten. The rice balls are now eaten in different parts of the world especially in the United States as with the Italian immigrants who have popularized their foods over there. It will usually be soaked in the vinegar and thus made to stick together. Dipping the rice ball in the soy sauce will cause it to fall apart again. Rice balls can protect and preserve the meat when stored within and thus is a universal food.
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How to Celebrate National Rice Ball Day
Celebrating National Rice Ball Day is quite simple. Taste your favorite flavor of rice balls to get into the spirit of celebration. You can even look for the rice balls with new fillings and flavors which you have so far not tried. Order it from the specialized Onigiri shops to make your family delight in its taste. It is even more easy to be creative and try making homemade rice balls. So you can use your favorite fillings for the rice balls according to your taste preference. Organize a rice ball-themed party and invite your family and friends to let them enjoy eating different types of rice balls. You can share your Rice Ball Day celebration photos and your recipes on social media using the hashtag #RiceBallDay.
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