i followed your recipie precisely, it worked fantastically, i then tried to clone one of our favourite dishes from the sushi bar, we mixed the rice with fresh crab meat, coriander and chilli, rolled the balls in breadcrumbs and deep fried, they seemed to fall apart slightly until they were almost cool, yet at the restaurant they are served warm. I cleaned the rice and cooked it as mentioned but I cooked/soaked the rice in water with 1/4 the total amount of water as sweetened coconut instead. Hi BarbJ. If you're ONLY eating a very limited range of foods, you are going to run into trouble! It's the ratio of water to rice that's the important thing, so always use the __same cup__ for measuring both. Haha. Eating exclusively white rice is associated with beriberi, which has nothing to do with skin pigmentation. In Japan this is usually done by leaving it out to dry, and sometimes putting it out in the sun. We just used your tutorial today. This is the first how-to and recipe that I posted on Just Hungry. Personally I've put it down to 2 things: My rice cooker is fairly cheap (it only has off and on, none of these different settings) so I think it may just be a tad too hot where the pot meets the heat element, and also 'cos I'm a bit lazy I don't rinse the rice till the water is absolutely clear so I'm assuming that the small bit of residual starch left on the rice ends up collecting in the bottom and cooking into a very thin film, however as long as you take the rice off the second it's done and give a good once over it'll all get mixed in and disappear no problem. unopened packet of white rice will stay good indefinitely at room temperature. The rice grains are still there! Brown rice onigiri are great grilled (as yaki onigiri) - they take on a nice toasty flavor. Thank you! follow the instructions mentioned in the recipe when making a dish for the Thanks :). Help? With your other, rapidly fan the rice to cool it as quickly as possible. Thanks for the tip. My husband and I were stationed in Japan for 3 years and absolutely fell in love with it! Don't be scared! Known as âuruchimaiâ in Japanese, this My first try was pretty good. Or will the "extra ingredients" taste too strong for the rice? I thought I'd found this site because of the rice balls like so many others, but I was just going through my bookmarks, and my first love on your site was for your rosti potato instructions about 6 months ago...yum :). Is my rice supposed to feel slimy, and if not, what did I do wrong? content and the texture becomes extremely sticky to touch once cooked. rice cookers come with a rice paddle. The diffrence of white rice and sushi rice is that, sushi rice is sticky, white is not meant to be. Some popular 'first grade' Japanese rice varieties include Sasanishiki, Koshihikari and Akita Komachi. What a great site. I savored every bite and wish I had cooked more. This process can help the rice be just tacky enough and not too sticky or soft. the difference is not that big to rice from central-japan. For traditional Japanese dishes you simply cannot substitute long-grain rice, jasmine rice, basmati rice, Carolina type rice, and so on. In Chinese cooking, they use long-grain This you do with one hand. Annotation. Over the rice cooker's lid? can you use minute rice to make onigri im an a inspiring chef and i love anime i would love to learn to make them but all we can get is minute rice and all we have is a veggie steamer anyway to make it work i can't find the recipe if there is one out there. Using this rice will save water. Only rice that says on the label 'enriched' is enriched - that is, vitamins and things are sprayed onto the polished rice - see this explanation of enriched rice. You will see that ^_^, Hi Maki! Would using the plain rice work for making onigiri? Thanks! When I lived in Japan, there was only one non-porridge or genmai setting. Because of this, people are confused when I accidentally say "sticky rice" to mean "glutinous rice." that is, it is not put together with the cold water and then heated until cooked. Yes, it may have more minerals and vitamins, but the difference with brown rice is that it still has the bran over it. Years ago, I saw Nobu Matsuhisa do this same thing with a more modern rice cooker when demonstrating rice cooking on Martha Stewart's show. I think that the other factors - the basic quality of the rice, the way it's washed, etc. I can't remember how we stored and used the left over rice. I always thought the rinsing and soaking were for the same reason: to make the rice less starchy. season. However, the bran also has what is called "Phytic Acid" or phytate in it. Keep going until the rice has absorbed the vinegar, and has cooled down to about body temperature (it should be just a bit warm to the touch). But the washing/rinsing part is THE most important part of the whole procedure. Calrose rice is sticky by American standards, while glutinous rice is much stickier. I was so happy. I'm lucky to live on the U.S. west coast, so the ingredients are easy to find, but not the recipes or instructions. Japan. Some of the common foods prepared with I can't wait to make it again. When I was in japan in restaurants or bentous I'd buy off the street, or even my girlfriends crappy free bentous they gave away at her job(I fondly remember the weiner bentous, lol), or even the rice at lawsons... they all had rice so good I could eat it by itself. I think you've must have answered this question a gazillion times from other users, and you must be getting annoyed, but may I ask... when making onigiri, must I use sushi rice? Nor do I have sake or sweet brandy to make the sushi vinegar for the sushi rice. Maki addresses this in a post above: http://www.justhungry.com/2003/11/japanese_basics_1.html#comment-11269. I'm sorry if this is a silly question but how much exactly is one cup and one tablespoon. I cooked a recipe from your bento site that was for teriyaki chicken, it was SOOOO delicious. You should also not be able to see any water oozing when you tilt the pan. This ensures that the grains will be nice and glossy and not mushy. And it seems they stay in that condition all day. But I'm just guessing since I don't know the dish at all. It can be a little bit "slimy" or starchy. I bought some sushi rice from an asian store. Wow. This is because the excess bran, called nuka, can make the rice not taste as good. Comments are now closed. The intention of these instructions is to make yummy authentic Japanese style rice. Thanks so much for all the tips you offer on your site! I didn't add in mirin. The extra minerals are bound in this phytic acid and are essentially lost to us. I tried microwaving the rice and it tasted much much better, even with the burnt parts. It's an American Japonica varietal but often doesn't have the word Japonica anywhere on the package. Plus the tips you give are great! What they call sticky rice is just calrose rice. It says Sushi Rice Japanese Style. For those who don't know their rice varietals, if you're in the US (esp. that's cleared. By the time the whole grains are cooked, the broken ones will become mushy and I have endlessly researched on sushi and wish to share the wealth of information with you. Other names for sticky rice is mocha rice, pearl Because it is usually always in a cool-cold environment when I buy ready made and boxed sushi from a store, but the rice is never hard. Hmm, the cooker is practically new since it hasn't been used before I started doing bentos. Especially the food!! ( I cook on the stove top) The nori could have gotten soggy from the wet rice. In Japanese cooking, that powdery texture is considered undesirable. Her reason was that the hot cooked rice would absorb liquid from the vinegar and she didn't want to get the finished sushi rice too wet. When buying short-grain rice in bulk, keep Is sushi rice always made by cooking the rice in dashi stock? variety comes from the short-grain cultivar of Japonica rice. first let me say that i love your blog; i found it only a week ago when looking for new recipes and can't wait to try all the vegetarian ones! If you want jasmine rice that is cooked so the grains are separate and firm (not crunchy, just cooked through) then the normal water level is usually fine in my experience. I don't quite understand the 'all we can get is minute rice'...surely you can get other kinds of rice? Can't wait to try even more! I followed the directions very carefully and the rice came out perfect! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-rice-unhealthy/. I have always been rice-challenged, but thanks to your step-by-step instructions I have made amazing rice for the first time ever. Thank you. So do you know what supermarkets do to their sushi? The kind of rice that you use for making fried rice? needed for traditional dishes. I was thrilled to find a bag of sushi rice at a major supermarket last night and plan to make onigiri today! Can you teach mi how to so can use for a long long times. It seems every time I (and all the other Nihonjins & Japanese Americans I know) eat sushi made by a non Japanese cook, it lacks sufficient "su", and the recipes I've read online, direct you to use about 1/3, or less, the amount most Japanese cooks use to make sushi.