Back in the 11th century, a Japanese noblewoman named Murasaki wrote in her diary about eating these delicious flavored rice balls called omusubi (or onigiri) at picnics. Other historical references mention that samurai warriors stored rice balls wrapped in bamboo sheath as a quick lunchtime meal during war. And of course, these days omusubi are hugely popular in Japan, where they are sold all over the place — including convenience stores. This has led to a HUGE trend of omusubi restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Traditionally, an omusubi is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative. They aren’t too tough to make at home — if you have the right mold.

These omusubi cat shaped molds are super cute. The kit is called “omusubi nyan” (nyan means meow in Japanese) and comes with four different kitty expression molds plus other accessories to make the most adorable omusubi ever.

Just $18 (with FREE SHIPPING) at Amazon.

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