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Sushi rice?

Erik M. Dec 12, 2001 12:04 PM

What is "sushi" rice? Is any Japanese short grain rice suitable for making sushi? I just bought a bag of Tamaki Gold(TM) "California Premium Short Grain." Will this work?

Erik M.

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    ironmom RE: Erik M. Dec 12, 2001 12:31 PM

    Buy rice which is sold as sushi rice for the best sushi.

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      Eric Eto RE: Erik M. Dec 12, 2001 12:58 PM

      Sushi rice is rice that's been seasoned with a sweetened rice vinegar. Most japanese style short grain rice works fine. The key is to season the rice while it's still steaming hot. Tamaki Gold is a very reliable brand.

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        Val G RE: Eric Eto Dec 14, 2001 06:59 AM

        Please say more about the sweetened vinegar. What do you sweeten it with? How much vinegar do you add to the rice?

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          ironmom RE: Val G Dec 14, 2001 07:35 AM

          I've got a recipe for the dressing (Awaze-Zu) which would call for the following ingredients:

          1/2 cup rice vinegar
          1/4 cup sugar
          2 tablespoons mirin
          2 tablespoon sake
          1 tablespoon salt

          Heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

          As discussed above, the type of rice is important, as well as cooking it properly. It is important to add only as much dressing to the rice as it can absorb.

          Refrigerate leftover dressing.

          If you're interested in making your own sushi, you might want to browse through some books for specific instructions.

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        HLing RE: Erik M. Dec 13, 2001 09:53 AM

        I second what Eric said about Tamaki Gold Premium. It cost a little more than their regular rice but is so very delicious it's worth it.

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