Chirashi Zushi is an easy sushi lunch anyone can love. You can make it with all your favorite ingredients.
Sushi is not just rolled sushi with nori sheets. There are many different types of sushi that exist in Japan, and I am going to share one common and popular sushi called Chirashi zushi.
Chirashi zushi is also called scattered sushi in English. As the name suggests, Chirashi zushi is the easiest type of sushi that anyone can make because as long as you prepare the sushi rice and toppings, then you just scatter the toppings over the sushi rice.
It is such a simple sushi so the sushi rice and toppings need to be great in order to have a great Chirashi zushi.
You need to use Japanese short grain rice, if possible. “Koshihikari” is the best, or you could use specifically marked “sushi rice”. I usually cook rice in a rice cooker.
Whatever the method you use to cook rice, it is very important when you add sushi vinegar to it. It needs to be cooled down quickly with a fan.
That makes the rice grain shine and look good when the sushi rice is served. I have a post on how to make perfect sushi rice, so if you are interested, head over to Chopstick Chronicles.
Now the toppings, I used shiitake mushrooms, carrots, eggs and sugar snap peas and sakura denbu. These are suggestions, and you can swap with anything like prawns, sashimi grade fish, scallops, and green beans.
I particularly like Sakura denbu. Sakura denbu is the pink coloured topping that you can see in the photos.
Sakura Denbu is sweet and pink fluffy flaked fish condiment. Sakura refers pink cherry blossom flower.
You can buy this from an Asian grocery store or on line shop, but also you can make this yourself using white fish like cod.
I made it myself I made Sushi cake. Chirashi zushi is often served when we celebrate something such as girls’ day or children’s day and the nice pink colour definitely lights up the table.
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