Have you heard of Emily Mariko yet? If you’re following the latest food TikTokers, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Mariko’s salmon rice bowls. The fashion-food-and-lifestyle influencer (wow that’s a lot!), is known for her healthy food with an Asian touch and she has over 3.5 million followers! You’re going to want to start following her, and here’s everything you need to know about the food blogger.
Mariko’s most-viewed TikTok video dates back to September 22, 2021, and it has over 5.2 million likes! It features her salmon rice bowl which she smashes leftover salmon with a fork and adds Kewpie mayo, Siracha, soy sauce, avocado, kimchi, and dried seaweed.
Best lunch of the week!♬ original sound – Emily Mariko
The video went viral and many people recreating it, getting the most from leftover salmon. Since then, she created other versions of the recipe, using different sides like takuan (yellow pickled daikon radish), instead of kimchi. Based on advice from other users, she started using ice cubs to help steam the rice.
I wasn’t kidding when I said I eat this once a week♬ original sound – Emily Mariko
What makes Mariko so popular is her dishes are super easy to make and they use minimal ingredients, so you can create them at home, using leftovers. They are also really aesthetically pleasing, which is important when it comes to food. Good food is as much about the presentation as it is about the taste. And in Mariko’s case, she has both.