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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gomokuzushi (Sushi Rice with Vegetables)

Oh no! Another Japanese dish!  J
Gomokuzushi or Kansai-style sushi is a sushi dish made with cooked or uncooked ingredients mixed in the body of the rice in the bowl. “Gomoku" means five, or more than five different ingredients. It is different than Chirashizushi (called Tirashi in several Japanese restaurants) in the sense that Tirashi is sushi rice topped with sashimi and other delicacies.
I like my Japanese seasonings less sweet than most recipes ask for. The thin omelet takes 1 teaspoon of corn starch, I didn’t use it. Besides toppings A and B, I added green peas and a wonderful tea-smoked salmon, a recipe from a blogger, Miriam from Madrid. Check Miriam from Madrid’s web site here.

Gomokuzushi (Sushi Rice with Vegetables)
4 Servings

Sushi Rice:
2 cups Japanese rice, cooked
2 ½ inch piece of kelp seaweed (kombu)
5 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt

Toppings A:
4 medium dry shiitake, softened by soaking in hot water, stems trimmed, cut into thin strips
1 small carrot, cut in 1 “ long, thin strips
1 small burdock root, cut in 1” long, thin strips
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon mirin

Toppings B:
thin omelet
1 sheet of nori seaweed, cut in 1” long, thin strips
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted and slightly crushed
1 tablespoon pickled ginger, squeezed, cut into thin strips

Thin omelet:
3 eggs
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoons mirin
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Toppings C, more ideas (optional):
1 cup cooked green peas
4 oz smoked salmon or salmon grilled in salt, shredded
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced, salted, squeezed
1 cup canned bamboo, lotus root or water chestnut cut into thin sticks
2 aburage, deep-fried tofu pouches, thinly sliced into strips
4 oz small squids, cooked and sliced crosswise (round sections) or
4 oz shredded crab imitation

Cook rice with kelp and water. Remove kelp when water boils. Put hot cooked rice into a mixing tub (wooden or glass) and spread evenly over the bottom. Mix vinegar, sugar and salt in a cup, stir well. Sprinkle vinegar mixture generously over the rice. With a large wooden spoon, mix rice with a slicing motion, very gently. You want to keep the rice grains intact. While you mix, use a hand fan. This is not to cool the sushi rice, but to puff the extra liquid away. Keep the sushi rice in the tub, covered with a damp towel.

Toppings A:
Cook burdock in a small pan in medium-low heat until almost all the liquid is absorbed. Add carrots and shiitake when burdock is almost done, mix well.

Thin omelet:
Add mirin, sugar, salt and cornstarch to beaten eggs. Grease a non-stick skillet over medium low heat. Pour in just enough beaten egg to cover the bottom of the skillet. Rotate the skillet. The omelet is ready to turn when the edges curl up and the surface becomes glossy. Turn omelet with your hands and wait about 10 seconds. Remove from pan. The omelet should be paper thin. Pile the omelets. When they are done, roll them jelly roll fashion and cut into very thin strips.

Add all ingredients except nori and the egg omelet to the rice and mix. Turn into a large serving platter or individual bowls and garnish with egg topped with nori.


  1. Hi Miriam, thanks for mentioning my blog! Cheers

  2. De nada, Miriam. Su blog es fantastico!!