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Chirashi - 散らし寿司

Chirashi - 散らし寿司

Chirashi, also known as Chirashizushi, is a different way to enjoy sushi compared to what we usually know. In this style, the sushi ingredients are arranged on top of sushi rice in a bowl. Translated, Chirashi-Sushi means "scattered sushi."

Chirashi Sushi is traditionally served in Japan on March 3rd for Hina-Matsuri, also known as the Girls' Festival. During this festival, traditional dolls are displayed to protect young girls from misfortune.

What does Chirashi involve?

Similar to the sushi we are familiar with, Chirashi includes, along with seasoned rice with vinegar and sugar, a variety of fish and vegetables. Additionally, it features thinly sliced omelet, typically placed directly on the rice. Chirashi often includes nori seaweed, caviar, mushrooms, boiled eggs, and lotus roots. Beyond these, Chirashi can be customized with other ingredients according to preference.

How to eat chirashi correctly?

As is customary in Japan, Chirashi, like Sushi, is eaten with chopsticks. Alternating between a piece of fish or vegetable and rice allows for a better focus on the texture of each component. The individual bites can then be dipped into soy sauce.

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Chirashi Rezept

No. of persons2 personsNo. of persons
Total Timeca. 45 minutesTotal Time
Level of difficultyeasyLevel of difficulty
Dishmain mealDish
Caloriesca. 700kcal per portionCalories
Chirashi filled bowl

There are many different ways and variations for the preparation of Chirashi-Sushi. Since it is easier to prepare than Sushi (no elaborate rolling), Chirashi is a suitable alternative that you can try making at home. The following recipe is meant to inspire you to give Chirashi a try yourself.

List of ingredients
300g sushi rice
300g Sashimi-grade halibut fillet
1/2 cucumber
1 carrot
2 spring onions
500ml water
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sake
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Nori leaf
2 tsp sesame seeds
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
Kochende Miss Oryoki
List of ingredients for the omelette
4 eggs
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp water/dashi
2 tbsp starch
1/2 tsp salt
Step 1

First, wash the sushi rice until the water runs clear. Then place the rice in a bowl, cover with water and leave to rest for about 30 minutes. Bring the drained sushi rice to the boil with 500 ml of water, stirring occasionally so that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan (tip: for a special flavor, the rice can be cooked together with a piece of kombu). Then cover the pan and leave the rice to simmer. After 10 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and leave to rest for another 10 minutes. Leave the lid on the pan for the entire time. Then remove from the heat, cover and leave to rest for a further 10 minutes.

Step 2

While the rice is cooking, you can prepare the vinegar mixture for the sushi rice. To do this, gently heat the rice vinegar, sugar, salt and sake together so that the sugar and salt dissolve when stirred. Pour this mixture over the rice and mix carefully.

Step 3

Cut the fish into very thin slices. For the marinade, crush the sesame seeds in a mortar and mix with the pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil and lemon juice. Pour the marinade over the fish slices and leave to stand for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Whisk the eggs with the sugar, water/dashi, starch and salt and pass through a fine sieve several times. Pour a little oil into a pan and pour 1/4 of the egg mixture into each pan. When the mixture starts to set, remove from the heat immediately, cover the pan with a lid and wait for the egg to set. Then fold twice and cut into thin strips.

Step 5

Cut the cucumber, carrot and nori sheet into thin strips.

Step 6

Finally, place the rice in bowls, arrange the omelette strips on top and garnish with the fish and vegetables. Finally, sprinkle over the nori strips and coriander.

Enjoy cooking and creating your own Chirashi-Sushi!

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