As the taste of sushi depends on how well the rice is cooked, it's important to make the rice properly. People become regulars to a sushi bar because the taste of sushi rice is suitable to them.
Tips for Making Sushi Rice:
- Add vinegar mixture to steamed rice when the rice is still hot.
- Cool the rice quickly using a fan so that it will look shiny.
- Use a rice spatula to mix the rice, using a cut and fold motion so that you don't smash the rice grains.
There is a kind of nigiri-zushi called gunkan-maki which is a mound of sushi rice wrapped with a strip of nori and topped with various ingredients, such as uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe). Gunkan means a battleship in Japanese. To make gunkan-maki, shape the rice into an oval and cover the side with a strip of nori seaweed. Then, place toppings on the top.
To eat nigiri-zushi, clean your hands at first and pick up a piece of sushi with your fingers. Then, dip the topping side in soy sauce to eat. Please be careful not to dip rice in soy sauce too much.