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Apr 16, 2008 06:11 PM

What is the name of this dish: Japanese Sashimi and Rice Bowl?

I had this meal while in Japan but I'm not sure what the Sashimi and Rice bowl on the left of the pic is referred to as? It also came with an excellent soy/sesame sauce(middle). Does this have a particular name? This was even better than it looked so I'd like to try to find something similar here in the US to see if it matches up.

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  1. It's called chirashi. If you're in a Korean restaurant you should trying hwe dup bap which is the Korean version of it.

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        1. The sauce is meant for the tempura, not the chirashi-zushi. Just regular soy sauce and wasabi is used on chirashi.

          Sam, in Japan they usually use warm gohan, not hot since the fish will start to cook if it is served hot. Donburi places will put a layer of nori between the rice and fish sometimes.

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          1. re: Silverjay

            Silverjay, I believe the sauce to bottom right of the pic is for the tempura. Do you think both were? If I recall correctly some of the Japanese guys I was sitting next to also put the Soy/Sesame sauce over their chirashi-zushi. The rice was served at room temp as you state, not hot.

            Sam, what is hilarious? I choose the moriawase instead of going with a particular fish.

            1. re: Aphex

              Ah, yes. Well, it's more of that shop's particular thing than any sort of standard. That is a lot of food though, but looks pretty good.

            2. re: Silverjay


              Isn't it shari, rather than gohan, under the fish? It's been a while since I ordered chirashi-zushi, but I seem to recall the rice being dressed...

              1. re: alanbarnes

                alanb, I just replied and then saw your reply. It never occurred to me that anyone would serve sashimi on top of gohan. Is that possible? sj? ab?

                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Yeah, Alan's right that chirashi-zushi is served with shari- which means sushi rice...Uh, right? Actually I don't know the technical meaning of "shari" but just assumed it means vinegared rice. Anyway, as Sam and others can attest to, "gohan" is kind of a generic term for rice. And yes, there are sashimi-don dishes that are served on top of just plain gohan or with plain gohan on the side. I've gone through times when I had DiMaggio-esque streaks of eating negi-toro-don for lunch everyday on end. Ahh, Sam, you would have loved it...

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Sam, I don't know how traditional it is in other parts of the world (like, uh, Japan), but at the sushi-ya I frequent here in Sacramento the chirashi bowl is probably the single most popular lunch dish among the (mostly older) Japanese-speaking clientele. The head itamae is very old-school, and he attracts customers of the same stripe, so I would assume that chirashi-zushi is a tradititional presentation.

                    1. re: alanbarnes

                      And where in Sacramento might that be??

                      1. re: ricepad

                        Shige Sushi on Madison just east of Manzanita. Here's my review from last year:


                        Back in 1970-something, Shige-san opened the first sushi restaurant in Sacramento. I was a semi-regular at his place on Howe until he closed it five years ago and retired. But apparently retirement was boring, so he opened up the new sushi-ya.

                        Shige Sushi
                        5938 Madison Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608

                2. re: Silverjay

                  Silverjay, I bow to you in all things Japanese! I grew up eating as follows: bit of sashimi from the plate dipped in the barest minimum of shoyu and wasabi or ground dikon and shoyu or ... brought to mouth for intial enjoyment followed by hot gohan coming from the hand held rice bowl via chopsticks. Half of the sashimi was swallowed prior to the gohan; the rest along with the gohan. Something like that. Anyway, gohan and sashimi only got to know each other in one's mouth.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Hey Sam, I meant to add the rice temperature about restaurant serving. At home, I had my own rituals too including making sashimi-don, occasionally with hot gohan.

                    1. re: Silverjay

                      I understand but would probably never do sashimi-don. I really like the bringing together of cold (sashimi) and hot (gohan) at each bite. I wish I had a way of asking my cousins what they think (none here in Colombia, none on Skype, few actually communicate by email!!!).

                3. What is the dish w/the two peas(?) on top? Everything looks great.

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                  1. re: Sarah

                    Two pea dish appears to be a cold pasta salad, it'd fit with the lunch time set menu.
                    I think the peas might actually be green onion.

                    1. re: Sarah

                      From what I recall it was a potato based dish. I didn't recall whether they were peas or onions but looking at the full size pic I think squirrel is right. I do remember this dish being good though, just like everything else from this meal. It was nice to be able to to sample lots of different dishes. I had a lot of great food while there but this meal was one of the standouts.

                      1. re: Aphex

                        Based on what you posted, it looks like it could be a Japanese potato salad. I think it's pretty much a staple side item in Japanese "tei-shoku" (lunch sets), with thinly sliced cucumber, potato, mayo, and some other ingredients?

                        Mmmm... your photo makes me want chirashi-zushi now!!