Onigiri is the Japanese
sandwich. If a kid doesn't get to eat the school
lunch, then they most likely get to eat these rice balls. Onigiri are
simply balls (or triangles) of pressed rice with some filling and Nori.
They are one of my favorite Japanese foods. And you can buy them at
the 7-11 for 120yen. Temakizushi is essentially the same thing, except its
put together differently.
fillings: Tuna, Tuna and Mayonnaise, Pickled plum, Salted Salmon,
and Cod Roe.
Tuna is probably the easiest (or only) one to get cheaply outside Japan.
The others are
kind of gross anyway.
fillings: Egg*, sliced tiny cucumbers, Crab sticks, Tuna, ham (lunch
meat), pickled plum sauce.
You can also use carrot slices too, basically whatever you
Canned tuna (or other
Plop about a quarter
cup of cooked rice onto the plastic wrap in the palm of your hand.
Put some tuna (1 tbl.?) on the rice. Cover with another 1/4 cup of
rice. Use the plastic
wrap to squish it into a ball or triangle. Wrap some nori around it and enjoy!
Rectangular Nori sheets
Just plop some rice
onto a sheet of nori, add some egg*, cucumber, crab/tuna or ham, and roll it up.
Slice the cucumber and
ham (and crab) lengthwise into thin (julienned) strips.
Sushi rice is the short
grained sticky rice. You can rinse it, but it doesn't need to be
washed well. A 1:1 ratio of rice to water seems to work well, but you can follow the
directions on the rice bag. Mix in 1 tablespoon of sushi vinegar per cup of cooked rice. If
you have a
rice cooker, I think you can add the vinegar to the uncooked rice and water.
Let the rice cool before using. You can buy sushi vinegar or make your own, mix
1/3 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, boil to dissolve.
beat 4 large eggs with 1 Tablespoon sugar (or more to taste) and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Pour through fine-holed strainer to remove any membrane. Cook 1/4 or 1/2
at a time in an oiled or non-stick skillet like an omelet (or crepe).
Slice the egg into strips
to put in the temakizushi. It doesn't really matter if the egg is pretty
or not, I've had it
before as scrambled eggs, its just easier to roll it up in strips.
Chirashizushi is really just
whatever you feel like throwing together over rice. I like it
with the sushi rice, scrambled sushi eggs, sliced ham, sliced cucumber and shredded
(Nori is the dried seaweed that comes in sheets for making sushi)