A tasty Sushi dish to start.


  • 240 g sushi rice
  • 300 ml water
  • 65 ml rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tps sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • dash mirin
  • piece konbu
  • nori sheets
  • wasabi paste
  • 20 g salmon (in strips)
  • soy sauce
  • pickle ginger
  • coriander
  • to accompany this a little wasabi:
  • 100 ml mayo
  • 2 tblsp soy
  • 1 tblsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tblsp wasabi
  • a little water and squeeze lime juice


  • Wash rice under running water till the water goes from cloudy to clear.
  • Drain and leave 20 mins.
  • Put water and rice in heavy pot with lid, over high heat and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 5-8 mins.
  • Remove from heat and leave to stand for further 8 mins without removing lid.
  • In a separate pot heat sugar, vinegar, salt, mirin and konbu till sugar has dissolved.
  • Do not boil: This is the seasoning for the rice
  • When rice is ready put into shallow tray, add vinegar mix and fold through the rice gently so you don't break rice grains.
  • Classic accompaniments:
  • Soy sauce
  • Wasabi paste
  • Pickled ginger all of which can be bought in Chinese market
  • For the filling:
  • Avocado cut in strips and marinade in oil and lemon
  • Some very fresh salmon again in strips and some herb omelette with Dashi (Japanese stock)
  • To roll the sushi:
  • Take a bamboo mat, lay a sheet of nori seaweed on top
  • Then place a line of rice to cover about half the sheet.
  • Flatten with finger tips (tip: dip in vinegar water to stop rice sticking to them).
  • Spread a small amount of wasabi, then lay a strip of salmon to one side of rice.
  • Roll rice around salmon making sure the salmon is in the middle.
  • Roll in cling after or slice and serve.
  • Follow same procedure for other filling
  • When serving, serve a little dish of pickle ginger some wasabi and soy sauce.


Thomas' tip: This does not have to be raw fish, you can use smoked salmon trimmings or a thing spear of asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon.

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