TRENDS take the internet by storm time and time again, bringing users together over one specific topic.
Recently on TikTok, Emily Mariko and her infamous sushi bowl are the talk of the app.
What is the TikTok sushi bowl?
In a now-viral video by Emily Mariko, the TikToker quietly puts together one of her alleged favorite meals: a so-called sushi bowl.
The video focuses on ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, which uses sounds like unwrapping packages and cutting with silverware to elicit a specific response in one’s brain.
Captioning the video “Best lunch of the week!” on September 21, 2021, it has since gotten over 5.7million likes, 28K comments, and 163.3K shares.
Hundreds of users have since copied or duetted the video, adding their own spin to the dish either via edible ingredients or with satire.
How do you make the TikTok sushi bowl?
The TikTok sushi bowl has only a few ingredients.
First, Emily cuts up a slice of cooked, leftover salmon, adding it to a bowl. She then tops it with rice, also precooked.
Emily adds a piece of parchment paper and a cube of ice to the two ingredients, and pops them in the microwave. The trick with the parchment paper and ice cube helps to steam the rice so it remains fresh, as opposed to hardening up.
Next come the sauces.
Emily’s sushi bowl goes for a combination of kewpie mayo, soy sauce, and sriracha. Kewpie mayo is made with rice vinegar as opposed to distilled vinegar, and has a creamier texture.
The bowl is then topped with avocado slices and kimchi. Kimchi is Korean-style spicy pickled cabbage.
Emily then grabs a package of seaweed and chopsticks, and uses slices of seaweed to pick up each scoop of the finished meal.
Who is Emily Mariko?
Emily Mariko is a lifestyle blogger who makes content for websites like TikTok and YouTube.
Her videos are rather simple: meal preps, grocery hauls, or daily chores.
She joined YouTube in 2010 and now has over 371K subscribers, her bio stating: “i’m here to help you look and feel your best as you tackle the world and have fun with life!!”
On Instagram, Mariko posts reels and outfit of the day photos, along with shopping hauls and workout videos to her audience of 218K followers.
The sushi-bowl star has over 5million followers on TikTok, using the app mostly to provide food videos.
On October 9, 2021, Mariko posted her engagement to Instagram and Tiktok. The 29-year-old and software engineer Matt Rickard embraced next to the ocean, an antique sapphire ring on Mariko’s finger.
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