Located on the east side of Nagoya, Jiraiya Honten (main store) is a takeout specialty store of Nagoya gourmet tenmusu, an onigiri (rice ball) with a shrimp tempura inside. The secret of Jiraiya’s success, whose stores have now also expanded into Tokyo, is that their tenmusu are so delicious, they even taste good after 10 hours when they are cold! Because the individually flavored and handmade tenmusu are wrapped in bamboo skin, which prevents the onigiri to get stuffy, their freshness can be enjoyed even after some time has passed since the takeout.
Exquisite Tenmusu Uses Only Selected Ingredients
Jiraiya is very particular when it comes to its ingredients so that they can deliver delicious takeout tenmusu. Only carefully selected ingredients are used, such as good quality rice that stays tasty even when cold, highly fresh natural shrimp, and nori (seaweed) with a rich seaweed flavor.
Plenty of Spicy Sauce on Rice!
The store’s signature item is obviously the tenmusu (5 pcs, 630 yen). The strong taste of the sauce in the crust is well absorbed into the rice and creates a smooth texture you can enjoy even after a while. The individual pieces are also in small bite-sizes that are easy to eat even for ladies.
Also Popular: Bento with Tenmusu!
There is also a selection of colorful bento boxes featuring tenmusu. Especially recommendable is Tokugawa (1,000 yen), which includes a good balance of meat, fish and vegetables. It’s a pretty voluminous meal with typical bento ingredients like grilled fish, Japanese-style omelette, boiled foods, along with tenmusu.