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Roundgrain Shinode Rice

Roungrain Shinode Rice
Article Number : 690
Unit/Weight : 1Kg
Brand : Sun Clad
Country : Italy

Sushi rice is a preparation of rice — typically a short-grained, white Japanese rice — commonly used to make sushi. It is usually mixed with sugar, salt, and rice vinegar, and may also include kombu and sake. The rice used in sushi is sometimes made with a combination of this and other types of rice, and even with wild rice.

Sushi rice must be quite sticky to function as required. This is especially true in dishes such as uramaki, where the rice is on the outside of the nori, and so must cling to it. Good rice should have a level of stickiness where all of the grains stick firmly together, but it should not be so sticky that it becomes an amorphous mash of rice. Because long-grained rice tends to be fairly dry, it is not appropriate for use in sushi, since the lack of moisture makes it insufficiently sticky. Short-grained rice is wet enough that, when properly prepared, it sticks together well.

 

Ingredients:

•3 cups Japanese rice

•3 1/4 cups water

•1/3 cup rice vinegar

•3 Tbsp sugar

•1 tsp salt

 

Preparation:

 Put the rice in a large bowl and wash it with cold water. Repeat washing until the water becomes almost clear. Drain the rice in a colander and set aside for 30 minutes. Place the rice in rice cooker and add water. Let the rice soak in the water at least 30 minutes. Start the cooker. When rice is cooked, let it steam for about 15 minutes.

Prepare sushi vinegar (sushi-zu) by mixing rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a sauce 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 or a large bowl. Please use a non-metallic bowl to prevent any interaction with rice vinegar. It's best to use a wooden bowl called sushi-oke. Sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the rice and fold the rice by shamoji (rice spatula) 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.