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Sushi 101


There seems to be serious confusion about what sushi actually is. So, I thought I'd do a blog post about it.

Sushi is NOT raw fish. Sashimi is most commonly used to refer to raw fish. Sushi refers solely to rice flavored with vinegar and sugar.

Some of you are reporting that you are seeing rice marketed as "sushi rice". I would imagine that's just Japanese rice, which is medium grain and sticky when cooked. Rice is not sushi rice until its flavored. Here is a simple recipe for sushi rice:

3 cups Japanese-style rice
3 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

After washing the rice well, cook it by pan or rice cooker. Prepare sushi vinegar (sushi-zu) by mixing rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small pan.

Put the pan on low heat and cook until the sugar dissolves. Cool the vinegar mixture. Spread the cooked hot rice into a large plate (if you have it, use a wooden bowl called sushi-oke) by 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 it right away.

Maki Sushi
This is rolled sushi. It starts out looking like this:

Then its cut and served like this:

Maki sushi can be stuffed with all kinds of things from cooked eggs to vegetables to raw fish to cooked fish to imitation crab to cream cheese, etc...

Futomaki refers to the fat rolls pictured above. Hosomaki is a thin roll that usually just contains one ingredient.

Nigiri Sushi

Nigiri is generally an oval or kind of rectangular clump of sushi rice and almost always topped with some sort of seafood. Usually, we're talking cooked seafood. My favorite is ebi (cooked poo, ha ha ha no shrimp I mean) and the hubbin's favorite is unagi (eel). But, I've seen nigiri with egg and certainly also with raw fish. Sometimes the whole thing is anchored with a thin strip of seaweed (nori), sometimes not.

Inari Sushi

Inari is sushi rice wrapped in a little sort of pita pockets made of aburage (deep fried tofu). Lots of times the sushi rice will have little grated bits of carrot mixed in. These are usually pretty sweet tasting.

These are my favorite kinds of sushi. There are lots of others like Oshizushi, Gunkan, Temaki and even Chirashi which isn't a little clump of sushi rice but an entire bowl full of it with other seafood and vegetables spread over it. Maybe we'll do a Sushi 201 sometime with all those others. :D

yayita yayita 7 years 49 weeks
hahahaa maybe honey? LOL
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Ohhhhh! Yah, that wouldn't work. I have no idea if there's any way to stickify regular rice.
yayita yayita 7 years 49 weeks
Hhhhhh I used regular long grain rice, no wonder it disnt stick!
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
No, the rice is sticky itself. Its Japanese rice. Chinese rice, Filipino rice, Indian rice, etc...all way too dry to make sushi with.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
No, the rice is sticky itself. Its Japanese rice. Chinese rice, Filipino rice, Indian rice, etc...all way too dry to make sushi with.
yayita yayita 7 years 49 weeks
Jen, so the way to make the rice sticky is the vinegar and sugar mix??
karmasabitch karmasabitch 7 years 49 weeks
Ooooo, I was thinking imitation crab was like veggie burgers.. Now that I know it's random fish parts I think I'll keep my distance :SICK: hahaha
H0T-Tamale H0T-Tamale 7 years 49 weeks
i just had sushi for dinner (yummy)to those who have never tried it or were under the impression that it was just raw fish , try it ..you might just find a kind that you like :)
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 7 years 49 weeks
http://www.cooperativeadventures.com/clients/gducks.htm I googled it and found this. I must be remembering it all wrong, I vaguely remember the chorus, so this may or may not be what we sang.
t0xxic t0xxic 7 years 49 weeks
lol omg if u ever remeber do share!
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Too bad - I'd love to hear it!! I'd never heard of geoducks until my brother went to school.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 7 years 49 weeks
hahaha, in elementary school we sang a song about geoducks. I don't remember enough of it to type, just faintly a melody and a word here or there.
margaretha margaretha 7 years 49 weeks
i love sushi and eat it in any form multiple times a week. i actually get true cravings for it sometimes. on occasion i make it myself - i love all the "equipment" to make and serve it, it's so pretty. a great thing to do with a group of friends - it takes some time to get it all done but it's worth it (plus time flies when you do sake shots in between)...
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Bye sticky!! :wave:
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years 49 weeks
All righty, I'm outta here too. I have to get something done before lunch or I'll get picked on. Bye ladies!
t0xxic t0xxic 7 years 49 weeks
lol I cant get the site to load. Dern internet!
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Ha ha ha ha, we all draw the line somewhere. :D
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years 49 weeks
Oh man. Every guy in every picture has a beard. Yeah, that beats Reed. At Reed they don't do conservation, only drugs.
t0xxic t0xxic 7 years 49 weeks
My internet is being really funky!!! This bites
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Bye Layla!! :wave:
LaylaCams LaylaCams 7 years 49 weeks
Okay guys, gotta run! :) Bye :wave:
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Oh, dangit. I guess its a revolving picture thing. This time I got the garden.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 49 weeks
Yes sticky!! Unbelievably so. They don't have grades, for starters. My brother's dorm cafeteria had an organic garden and compost pile. Go to their website and the students they have pictures of have beards and henleys with torn armpits. No joke. Look: http://www.evergreen.edu/home.php
t0xxic t0xxic 7 years 49 weeks
lol sticky icky. My hubby loves that show that and myth busters if its on u can garuntee thats what we are watching. Jen thats hilarious!
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years 49 weeks
Hahaha, Evergreen in Washington? Could it possibly be as bad as Reed College in Oregon? I can't imagine.