A springtime feast of temari sushi made with easy-to-eat seasoned smoked salmon and cheese. Bite-size sushi, made with rice mixed with cheese and white sesame for a mild taste, is topped with a slice of brightly colored smoked salmon, as well as crunchy and refreshing radish and cucumber. In addition to its lovely appearance, the delicious smoked salmon and cheese, and the crunchy sweet and sour radish and cucumber texture make it an unforgettably tasty dish. Since no raw fishes ("sashimi") are used, it is a dish that is easy to eat for people who are not familiar with sushi. You can also make it in a bowl with the same ingredients to make a gorgeous and easy-to-make lunch.
Temari Sushi (japanese style ball-shaped-sushi) with smoked salmon and cheese
Ingredients(for 2 persons)
- (whitewine- or rice-)vinegar
- hot cooked rice
- Smoked salmon
- Japanese cucumber
- Cheese (Gouda, Comté, or other types with little bitterness are recommended. Processed cheese can be used if not available.)
- White roasted sesame seeds
Mix vinegar, suger and salt well to make sushi vinegar.
Sprinkle half of the sushi vinegar from step 1 over the warm rice and cool, stirring quickly to cut.
Cut radish into thin slices. Peel the cucumber into thin ribbons (using a peeler). Put each in a separate bowl, sprinkle with the rest of sushi vinegar made in step 1, and let sit for 10 minutes. Then, remove from the bowl and squeeze out the excess moisture using a paper towel.
Divide the sushi rice made in step 2 into 6 equal portions. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap to form a ball shape. Remove the plastic wrap and attach the thinly sliced radish to the side of each ball. Top each ball with smoked salmon and arrange on a plate.
Roll up thin slices of cucumber and decorate the sushi with it. Add a small amount of soy sauce or wasabi to taste, if desired.
Be sure to put the thinly sliced radish and cucumber in separate containers and sprinkle sushi vinegar over them. (If you put them together, the red color of the radish will transfer to the cucumber.)