when talk about shushi, automatically, i mind will imagine japan and japanese..and also korea/korean. this is bacause, sushi is their home recipe’s and dishes. where is sushi derive from?
sushi is the most popular foods not only in japan but also in other country including my country-malaysia.
In Japanese cuisine, sushi indicates dishes that use sushi rice, which is seasoned with a sweet vinegar mixture. Since Japan is surrounded by ocean, seafood has always been widely consumed as well as rice. So, the combination of raw fish and rice, sushi, naturally became a popular food in Japan. Originally, raw fish was fermented in salt to preserve it and eaten with seasoned rice. That’s the origin of sushi. Even though there is sushi that doesn’t include sashimi (raw fish), raw fish and rice are the main ingredients of sushi.
The most well-known sushi is the oval shaped sushi, called nigiri. Nigiri is commonly served in a sushi bar.
Sushi Rice Recipe – Japanese Recipe
From Setsuko Yoshizuka,
Japanese rice is a medium-grained rice and gets sticky when it is cooked. The long-grained American rice isn’t proper for sushi because it is drier and doesn’t stick together.
- 3 cups Japanese-style rice
- 3 1/4 cups water
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
After washing the rice well, cook it by pan or rice cooker. See how to cook Japanese rice. Prepare sushi vinegar (sushi-zu) by mixing rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small pan.
Put the pan on low heat and heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool the vinegar mixture.
Spread the hot steamed rice into a large plate (if you have it, use a wooden bowl called sushi-oke) by shamoji (spatula). Sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the rice and fold the rice by shamoji very quickly. Be careful not to smash the rice.
To cool and remove the moisture of the rice well, use a fan as you mix sushi rice. This will give sushi rice a shiny look. It’s best to use sushi rice right away.
Makes 4-6 servings.