Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

7-Eleven Poké Ball Onigiri: Nintendo Life Review

We must of course start with the ball that started it all…


This red and white original comes with roast pork, garlicas well as mayonnaise.

Out of all three balls, this one was the hardest to eat… a piece of sausage slipped off the rice and we had to eat them separately.

As you can see in the photos, the pokeball design only consists of the outer plastic packaging. From below, the spherical onigiri vaguely resembles what we used to catch our first caterpillars and algae. However, the color of the pork and the dark stripe of algae are reminiscent of a Pokeball. As seen in the cross section, the 7-Eleven chefs placed a spoonful of mayonnaise between the rice and the meat.

Before we took a bite, we asked where this pork came from. With the release of Scarlet and Violet, it’s possible this sausage was made from a lecho, or maybe the chefs pulled the filet of another pig-themed Pokémon like Tepig from the Pokémon’s past. They forgot to specify which Pokémon we’re feasting on, even though we’re pretty sure they all taste the same anyway.

Of the three balls, this one was the hardest to eat. Immediately after taking a bite, a piece of sausage slipped off the rice, and we were forced to eat them separately, as if it were a half-eaten dish of Lechonk fried rice. However, the slice of lecho was quite tasty, albeit a bit salty, despite the fact that the onigiri only cost 172 yen at the store. a group of seaweeds, or noriand the rice itself we liked as it was quite fresh.

However, since we admittedly don’t like Japanese mayonnaise, the little blob in the middle put us off the entire package. It overpowered any hint of garlic like Dragonite using Hyper Beam on Pidgey, leaving us generally disappointed with the original Poké Ball.

Average: 5/10

big ball

The blue-red big ball hosts a popular Japanese dish from omelet with rice and compresses it into a compact rice/pokeball shape.

While the omelette itself lacked the fluffy butteriness, the rice had a little savoryness that made up for the egg.

Omelet with rice or omurice – usually sees fried rice wrapped in a thin omelette and then topped with ketchup. In this form, the onigiri is covered with a fairly thick layer of omelet, and instead of drizzling it with ketchup, the chefs mixed the ketchup with the rice itself. Within, mushroom and chicken mix awaits hungry Pokémon fans and Japanese businessmen who wanted to spice up their store lunch a little.

As with the Poké Ball, we wondered what Pokémon eggs came from – was it Togepi? Or a chicken-like Pokemon like Torchik? Who can say? However, we can tell you that the mushroom inside definitely reminded us of Amungus. Or maybe it was a shiinotics.

We’re taking a break. We liked this onigiri better than the first because the omelette on top stayed in place. Eating it with your hands, like Arceus wanted all the onigiri, was much more enjoyable. While the omelet itself lacked any fluffy butteriness, giving it a bland flavor and texture, the rice had a little savoryness that made up for the egg—and no, it didn’t have a strong ketchup flavor.

However, the mixture of Amoonguss and Torchic combines into a strange, bland mixture that we could do without. In fact, we weren’t sure if Torchik was present. Frankly, we are not big fans of mushrooms.

Not exactly great, but good: 7/10

Ultra ball

As in real games, Ultra Ball is the easiest to capture our taste buds. Combination pork (Grumbling?) medium boiled egg (happiness?) and soy sauce doesn’t seem all that special compared to the other two, but it all adds up to a much more savory onigiri.

If you squint, the half boiled egg in the center could represent the Ultra Ball’s trigger button, or possibly the Pokémon itself. A strip of seaweed covers the top half, symbolizing the black design of the Ultra Ball. Other than that, it’s thematically nothing to do with the packaging, and of the three we think looks the least appetizing.

Sometimes simplicity wins. The half of the egg in the center was well cooked, neither dry nor runny, although we wanted to sprinkle it with a pinch of salt. The seaweed provided a slightly crunchy texture with a fragrant flavor. But the rice itself, mixed with soy sauce and Grumpig pieces, resulted in our taste buds being critically captured.

In fact, it wasn’t that far off the average old fried rice ball – our personal favorite. Of these three, we will not hesitate to buy Ultra Ball onigiri again.

Ultraballs, really: 9/10

Ultraball half deployed
Image: Lowell Bell/Nintendo Life

Hungry for some donuts rice balls? If you could walk into a Japanese 7-Eleven store, which of these onigiri balls would you like to eat the most? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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