Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rousong Onigiri

Another artifact of the unique co-mingling of cultures in Taiwan: a rousong filled onigiri. Molded rice balls wrapped in nori, onigiri are a popular convenience stork snack in Japan. They're also widely available in the convenience store chains of Taiwan (many of which, like 7/11 and Family Mart, are in fact Japanese owned), a sign of the influence Japanese culture has on Taiwan. But this particular rice ball is given a distinctive island flavor with its very Chinese filling of rousong, a dried fluffy pork product known also, less appetizingly, as pork floss.

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