Furikake is a dry Japanese condiment meant to be sprinkled on top of rice. It typically consists of a mixture of dried and ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar, salt, and monosodium glutamate. Other flavourful ingredients such as katsuobushi (sometimes indicated on the package as bonito), or okaka (bonito (Katsuobushi) flakes moistened with soy sauce and dried again), salmon, shiso, egg, powdered miso, vegetables, etc. are often added to the mix.
Furikake is often brightly coloured and flaky. It can have a slight fish or seafood flavouring, and is sometimes spicy. It can be used in Japanese cooking for pickling foods for onigiri, or rice balls.
Outside Japan, furikake can be found in most Asian groceries (near the katsuobushi) or in the ethnic food aisle of some major supermarkets.
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