HOW TO MAKE SUSHI RICE
When you think about sushi, 寿司ネタ(sushi neta)/ the ingredients on top of the rice may come to mind. Sushi rice is also important to make good sushi. Cooked rice is flavored with すし酢(sushi-zu) that consists of vinegar, sugar and salt. It’s not only to enhance the taste of sushi, but it’s also an effective way to preserve both the rice and ingredients.
I bet you can find sushi-zu at Japanese grocery stores or online. You can also make sushi-zu and it can be stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks. It should be convenient to make a small portion of 酢の物(sunomono)/ vinegared dish.
When you make sushi rice, the amount of water should be less than the amount used to make regular rice. The rice absorbs sushi-zu after it’s cooked. Usually, the proper rice to water ratio is from 1:1.1 to 1:1.2. In the case of sushi rice, it should be 1:1.
Almost every rice cooker sold in Japan comes with the proper water lines to guide you for different rice styles. Even if you don’t have a cooker like mine, you can still make the sushi rice with the same amount of water.
Once the rice is cooked, add sushi-zu “vinegar mixture”, and stir the rice with a cutting motion. This process is very important to prevent the rice from becoming too sticky.
I usually use a sushi tub for this process.
I can’t say every household has a sushi tub but you can easily find it here in Japan. If you have this tub, moisten it beforehand by filling it with tepid water to prevent the rice from sticking to it.
You can also use a large bowl to stir the rice.
If you don’t have a rice cooker or you’re unfamiliar with cooking Japanese rice, please click the link to view “How to cook Japanese rice with your pot”.
Ok! Let’s go on to the recipe for sushi rice.
Now your sushi rice is ready. Enjoy making your favorite styles of sushi!