1) Make the sushisu
1. Mix the vinegar, sugar, and salt.
2. Heat the mixture in a sauce pan until everything is dissolved, but do not boil.
3. Set aside to cool.
2) Cook the rice
1. Rinse the rice. Put the rice in the cooking pot, half filled with cold water, and swirl it around with your hand. The water will turn chalky white. Carefully drain off the water, and repeat the process several times, until the water remains clear.
2. Allow the rice to stand for 30 minutes. Some recipes say the rice should remain in the cooking pot submerged in its cooking water; others say to transfer it temporarily to a colander to drain.
3. Add a 8cm-sized sheet of kombu to the cooking pot, and the sake if you are using it.
4. Boil the water in the cooking pot.
5. Remove the kombu from the cooking pot just as the water boils, and reduce the heat.
6. Simmer the water and rice in the cooking pot for 20 minutes.
7. Turn off the heat but do not remove cover from the cooking pot for 10 minutes (no peeking).
Note: A rice-cooker is often used instead of a cooking pot; these generally produce good, consistent results. The manufacturer's directions will generally be similar to the above.
3) Add the dressing to the rice.
1. The rice and sushisu should be mixed immediately after the rice is finished cooking with sushisu at room temperature.
2. Transfer the rice from the cooking pot to the hangiri; if you do not have one, use a large bowl or cookie sheet.
3. Cut the sushisu gently into rice with the paddle, trying not to break the kernels. (For Western chefs: this "cutting" motion is similar to the cut-and-fold used for gentle treatment of egg whites.) 4. When finished, the rice is evenly coated with the dressing, giving it a shiny appearance.
5. Cover the rice with a cloth for a couple of minutes so the dressing is absorbed.
6. Cool the rice to body temperature by fanning it, while continuing to cut it with the spatula. A traditional hand fan or modern battery-powered fan may be used.
Note: Some sushi chefs prefer natural cooling, rather than fanning, and instead let the rice rest in the hangiri for fifteen minutes, then re-cut the rice, and continue with this process until the rice is cool.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (456g)|
|Recipe Makes: Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 0 (0%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 75352.8mg||2598 %|
|Potassium 22.2mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.8g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 0.8g|
|Protein 0.1g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 28
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