Sushi-ish Rice Salad
Emphasis on the “ish”. On a recent trip to London I became a sushi convert. Suddenly I’m absolutely addicted. It’s very difficult to get any round here, though, and certainly there’s none availabe in my town. In desperation to stave off the cravings I came up with this sushi-inspired rice salad recipe with the ingredients that were available to me, and was very pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out! I want to try it with proper sushi rice and rice vinegar when I can get to a good enough shop to buy them, but for the moment, this is it:
250g arborio rice
400ml cold water
3tspn white wine vinegar
2tspn white sugar
About a 4-inch chunk of cucumber, deseeded and chopped fairly finely
About a third of a red pepper, as above
Put the rice in a sieve and rinse it under the cold tap until the water runs clear. Put it in a saucepan with the 400ml of water, bring to the boil, then cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for a further 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the vinegar, sugar and salt in a cup or small bowl, stirring to thoroughly dissolve the sugar and salt.
Turn the rice into a large, shallow bowl, pour over the vinegar mixture, and mix thoroughly but gently. Allow to cool, mixing every few minutes, turning the rice and any liquid from the bottom to the top.
When cool, mix in the cucumber and pepper.
Serve! To add to the sushi flavour I add a bit of soy sauce to mine when I eat it. I also think some toasted sesame seeds sprinkled over would be really good, but I haven’t had chance to try that yet.