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Sushi meshi
Sushi meshi is the rice used in Sushi dishes. It is made by tossing freshly cooked rice
with a dressing made of vinegar, sugar and salt (Asian markets carry a packaged mix
of this dressing). The rice-dressing mixture is fanned during tossing to help cool the
rice quickly. Sushi meshi is also called shari

Japanese rice is a medium-grained rice and gets sticky when it is cooked. The
long-grained American rice isn't proper for sushi because it is drier and doesn't stick

3 cups Japanese style rice
3 1/4 cups fresh cold water
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

After washing the rice well, cook it in a pan or rice cooker

Meanwhile, prepare sushi vinegar (sushi-zu) by mixing rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a
small pan. Put the pan on low heat and cook until the sugar dissolves. Cool the
vinegar mixture

Spread the cooked hot rice into a large plate (if you have it, use a wooden bowl called
sushi-oke) with your spatula

Sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the rice and fold the rice by shamoji very quickly. Be
careful not to smash the rice

To cool and remove the moisture of the rice well, use a fan as you mix sushi rice, the
quick cooling with a fan is what will give sushi rice a shiny look

Sushi meshi is best used immediately