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Browsing in SANKO

Posted by Staff / Posted on April 2, 2005

If you're familiar with the West Queen West area, SANKO would probably have already made your radar.

A small Japanese, grocery and gift store which also sells ready to eat Japanese sushi humbly sits at the corner of Queen West and Claremont. It was introduced to me last year by a friend of mine after we got our coifs cut at Le Coupe Bizzarre a couple of doors down.

But aside from the rows of Pocky, jelly candies, corn starch cookies and the $0.75 Ichiban instant noodles (the best!), I keep going back for one thing.

02april05_onigiri.jpgMay I introduce you to Onigiri.

A triangular sushi-like snack with a dash of a diversity of flavours including: Ume (plum), Seaweed, Beef, Salmon, Pickled Mustard Leaf and Bonito just to name a few. I picked up one in each flavour at $1.50 a piece.

The funny part is that it doesn't register on any greatness scale but for some reason, it still is immensely satisfying. Part of the fun is getting the seaweed outside the cellophane wrapping without needing to actually touch it with bare hands.

Try it out next time you're in the area and let me know which flavour you tried and what you thought.



stolentype / April 3, 2005 at 12:22 am
I don't get it....what exactly is it?
Christine / April 3, 2005 at 11:35 am
it's sort of a rice ball with a small topping of whatever flavour. Slightly difficult to explain. You could go in and check it out. The people there are really helpful and kind.
Dave / August 28, 2007 at 08:14 am
Oni-giri is basically a triangle of sticky rice, sometimes wrapped in seaweed, with salmon or pickle or some other kind of fish or meat or vegetable inside.

A truly wonderful snack - kept me fed most mornings on the way to work when I was in Japan. Some of the more adventurous ones have ikura - fish eggs. Those were delicious as well.
/ September 8, 2007 at 01:12 am
onigiri- is a japanese light meal, always consisting of rice; and often having a filling (such as fish or preserved plum) in the centre. Sometimes it just a ball of rice with furikake all over it. o-nigiri brings to mind the idea of smushing rice into a ball... anyway, it can also be wrapped in nori seaweed. I find them fantastic, especially the ume (preserved plum) variety. I am going to make a trip to sanko sometime (from Kingston) to get me some o-nigiri!
Littlestarshine / January 28, 2010 at 03:08 pm
Do you know if this store sells sushi grade fish? I wanted to have a sushi making party at my house for my friends but I didn't know where I could get the fish.
winniethepooh / July 13, 2012 at 09:39 pm
Do they sell beatiful bento box ( a fancy box to put your own lunch inside) ??
bd / August 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm
I was in Toronto in May and was very excited to see this. I spent a lot there but don't regret it.

And yes, they do sell bento boxes. I bought a simple one as a present. Though their stock is small, they have a range of different themes and sizes.

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