Have you tried fast food or frozen food in Japan?In Japan, there are various types of ready-to-eat foods, which are usually used for lunchboxes, or eaten as midnight snacks.Japanese ready-to-eat food tastes quite good and the packaging is usually practical and thoughtful.
In this feature, we talk about this particular frozen yaki onigiri, which are grilled rice balls covered in savory soy sauce. Each onigiri in the packaging has its own separate section that can be torn and be used as a plate to heat it in the microwave.
It turns out you don’t just keep the onigiri horizontal. Each plastic separation has a groove for letting the onigiri stand.
You will see the following Japanese: ‘ここに立てる’ which means “place the onigiri upright here”.
Time to see why its important to place the onigiri vertically before warming it. This makes sure that the onigiri is heated equally on all sides and no side becomes soggy due to steam or condensation.
If you place it as it comes in the package, the onigiri will not be heated evenly and the side that’s on the bottom will probably get soggy.
One of the characteristics of a yakionigiri is a crispy outside and a soft inside. Keeping it upright ensures that this isn’t sacrificed.
This sort of consideration when it comes to packaging is probably only seen in Japan. Have you discovered something similar when you were in Japan?