Well, it's getting warmer. Spring is the season for walks, so I decided to resume the Tsukiji walk for the first time in a while. The scent of fish that you feel as you arrive at the station and approach the ground ... This nostalgic feeling, oh, I'm back in Tsukiji! Tsukiji right now!

It's been a long time since Tsukiji, but this time I got the information that there is an exquisite salt musubi that is inevitably sold out. It's sold out in Tsukiji! ?? Is it salted with no ingredients? I'm curious about that ...

If you're curious, the Eating Editorial Department is the place to check. That's why I went to get the salt musubi! I want to have a picnic!

This is a rumor ...?
This is a rumor ...?

■ I came to Tsukiji for the first time in a long time! The aim is "Tsukiji Aji Kitakai"

"Tsukiji Aji Kita-kai" has the exquisite salt musubi. Due to the perfect weather, Monzeki-dori is full of people. There are many shops where you can eat in, so it is lively. While the scent of seafood bowl, ramen, and stewed beef tendon makes you feel like you're being drawn to it, you'll head down the street to reach your destination.

Spring Tsukiji is very crowded
Spring Tsukiji is very crowded


When I entered the building at the Tsukiji 4-chome intersection, there was a Tsukiji Aji Kita-kai! Tsukiji Aji Kita-kai is a store opened by Tsukudani-san "Akiyama Shoten" in the same building. In addition to the showcase with rice balls lined up in the store, you can also find our specialty pickles and rice.

There is a shop on your right after entering the building
There is a shop on your right after entering the building

■ The rice balls were really sold out

Rice balls are lined up in the showcase ... not lined up! ?? When I visited before noon, there were only a few rice balls left. Moreover, there is no salt shavings! Really sold out ...!

Lined up in a row ... No! ??
Lined up in a row ... No! ??

However, I asked you to reserve it, wondering if this might happen. "The salt musubi was sold out a long time ago, and only this reserve is left," said the shop owner. Just barely safe.

This time I ordered for takeout, but there is also an eat-in space in the shop. If you purchase two or more rice balls, only eat-in people will get pickles and miso soup as a service. Great value! There are always several types of pickles available, and you can enjoy the specialty of the restaurant little by little. This is nice. By the way, even in the case of takeout, one kind of pickles will be added as a service!

Good, eat in ...
Good, eat in ...

You can also eat here!
You can also eat here!

■ Is the salt-only rice ball really exquisite?

I came back to the editorial department. Speaking of rice balls, I first imagine the ingredients such as plums, salmon, and kelp ... Is the salted rice ball without ingredients really a superb item that is inevitably sold out? While thinking, I decided to have it immediately.

And white! bright!
And white! bright!

First of all, when I took it out of the package, I felt the softness of the rice balls. You can see that it is held softly and softly so that it will not collapse even if you hold it in your hand. And the luster of rice. Each grain is shining brightly. Well, it looks delicious ... I'll get it right away!

Exquisite grip and gloss of this rice ...
Exquisite grip and gloss of this rice ...

... this is delicious ...! The deliciousness that Japanese people will be impressed with. The sweetness, stickiness, texture, and exquisite saltiness of rice ... It's delicious that you don't need words anymore. I'm glad I'm Japanese ...

When you take a bite, the taste of salt spreads slowly along with the aroma of rice. It's still a great balance at this point, but the chewyness and sweetness of the rice that comes out during the bite fills the entire mouth and is complete. The wonderful change from saltiness to sweetness is wonderful. The gently squeezed rice balls melt softly in the mouth, further increasing the sweetness and flavor. It's hard to describe.

The rice used for this salt musubi is the sun-dried rice terraces "Tsuyahime" from Kunugidaira, Yamagata Prefecture. The rice is also sold in stores, but it is a brand rice that Yamagata is proud of. The rice balls made with rice and Ako's bittern salt are handmade one by one every morning, and it must be delicious.

Of course, the pickles attached by the service are also excellent. Today's pickles were Zha cai, but the texture and sesame oil scent were good, and it goes without saying that they go well with salt and sesame oil.

Not to mention the compatibility with rice
Not to mention the compatibility with rice

■ It is recommended to reserve

The salt musubi, which is inevitably sold out, was a gem that made me realize that I was glad that I was Japanese. This Tsukiji Aji Kita-kai will also reserve rice balls. It's open from 7am, so I definitely want to get it! If you call me in the morning, it will be reserved until the promised time, so please do not miss it. It's good to add ingredients, but why not try the simple is best salt musubi? I'm sure your "rice ball view" will change!

Written by: Eat Echan


"Eat Ecchan" is the editor-in-chief of "Eat Eat". An Edokko who lives in Chuo Ward, he visited Tsukiji three times a week and enjoyed eating and walking. It has been rounded up with a kotatsu for a while, but with the arrival of Jingzhe, the activity resumed. Enjoying Tsukiji gourmet food.