Sushi - Sushi Rice
Rice and Its Main PurposeAlso See: How to Make Sushi Rice
rice is cooked white Japanese short
grain rice seasoned with a blend of sushi vinegar. The main ingredient
commonly a sashimi (raw fish) is
accompanied by the sushi rice in order for it to be called a sushi. It
important to know what the purpose of the sushi rice, or sticky rice is
Sure, it’s more filling than only eating a slice of sashimi,
but its main job is to enhance the flavors of the sashimi.
The condiments used in sushi
are also meant to enhance the flavors of the sashimi
and they must not be ignored, but sushi rice has
way of enhancing flavor.
sashimi have some amount of healthy
unsaturated fat in the form of fish oil. Some are very lean, and some
oilier. Fat acts as a coat on the tongue and inhibits many fragile
food. The sushi rice must adjust the fat content of the fish in the
neutralize the excess fat, so the flavors of the fish can be tasted.
the optimal ingredient to wash away fat. Rice wine vinegar is distilled
Japanese short grain rice, so it is a natural match. Another ingredient
sushi rice vinegar such as kelp (kombu)
is a natural enhancer of seafood flavors for its mineral contents that
from the ocean. Rice wine (sake), salt, and sugar are only used to make
vinegar mild, therefore the taste should not be detected (especially
the sushi vinegar. White rice is a simple carbohydrate, and has
begin with. Excess sugar in the sushi rice vinegar will ruin the whole
take salmon for an example of an oily
fish. If the sushi rice is too strong, too much oil will be washed away
sweet flavors of the salmon will be overtaken by the sushi rice. If it
bland, the oils of the salmon will block the flavors of the sweetness
a leaner fish such as halibut, if the
sushi rice is too strong, only the sushi rice will be tasted. If it
bland, there are not enough kelp extracts to enhance the flavors of the
halibut, and it will be better off eating it alone as a sashimi.
but not least, sushi rice is easy to
make, but it all depends on the quality of the ingredients. Always use
ingredients that you can. The reason for this is that sushi rice is
only a very
simple combination of few ingredients, and not much is done to it.
the bare flavors of the ingredients are what determine a good sushi
Tweaking the strength of the sushi rice vinegar is important as well.