What Makes Sushi Bowls an Extraordinary Meal?
When I’m looking for a special meal which takes little time to prepare, sushi bowls (properly known as chirashi sushi) quickly comes to mind. Sushi bowls are tasty, healthy and fun to eat with friends. Sushi bowls also take little time to prepare.
What else would you want to know before making sushi bowls for your friends? All you need to make sushi bowls is fresh sushi-grade fish, quality vegetables, home-made condiments and rice. You can use pretty much whatever fish and vegetables you like. For fish I often use salmon and tuna since they are the easiest to find in Brussels and generally liked by my kids and friends. You will not need much fish, as generally it takes only about 4 ounces / 120 grams of fish per person since rice and vegetables will make up most of your sushi bowl.
For vegetables I like sliced carrots, cucumbers, green onions, avocados, daikon radishes and anything else you might add inside sushi. Cutting the vegetables in attractive shapes and sizes is essential for making this dish even more special. Some people slice seaweed into thin slivers to add on top of the sushi bowl for decoration and added seasoning. Although the seaweed adds a special touch, it is not essential.
Most people do not give much thought to the condiments needed in a dish. I find however that good homemade condiments can make a decent dish really excellent. This is even more true with sushi bowls since the ingredients do not have much flavor on their own and need the pickled ginger (gari), wasabi paste and rice vinegar to make the dish stand out. Anyone can buy pink pickled ginger and wasabi, but only people who care about the final result will take the couple minutes (literally!) it takes to make your own pickled ginger and wasabi. Click on the links in this post to get the recipes for pickled ginger and wasabi.
Finally, for the rice you can use white sushi rice available in most supermarkets today. However, I use whole-grain brown short rice to make this dish even healthier. There’s no need to use special brown sushi rice, as any whole-grain brown short rice will do. Follow this link to see the recipe for brown sushi rice. Make sure however it’s organic to avoid eating the chemicals found on non-organic whole-grains.