Our new home in Monterey Park is finally here!
After two years of food events and catering, we found a perfect location in San Gabriel Valley to set up our first Onigiri (Rice Ball) shop. Our exterior is a small homage to all those awesome onigiri shops we researched and explored in Japan using the JR train system. Maybe our shop will bring back an Onigiri memory for you? ;-)
Dinner 4pm–8pm (Starting June 18th)
Sun Mon Closed
1975 Portrero Grand Drive, Ste. A
Monterey Park, CA 91755
As nisei, or second generation Japanese Americans growing up in Los Angeles, Onigiri (aka Omusubi or Rice Balls) have always been a part of our diet. Considered comfort food much like an Amercian hamburger or Mexican taco, these yummy Onigiri were often made with the fillings we loved most-- salted salmon (sha-ke), pickled Japanese plum (umeboshi), and marinated kelp (tsukudani), just to name a few. Onigiri was often served with other Japanese side dishes such as miso soup, Japanese friend chicken (karaage), or pickled vegetables (tsukemono) and it became the perfect meal to satisfy our hunger.
The "Jichan" figure (slang for Grandfather) has always been a respected and an influential person in our lives. He would often make us Onigiri for breakfast or lunch, as a snack after school, or even before our sporting activities. Thus, the name of our business is a way we can always embrace the memories we have with Jichan...perhaps you will too!
We take pride with our high quality ingredients and personable service. Our goal is to provide you with made-to-order, authentic Japanese onigiri and other Japanese comfort food with a modern twist!
Founders: Joe, Akira, Ray