Gunkan means battleship in Japanese. In sushi, gunkan indicates a clump of sushi rice wrapped with a strip of nori (seaweed) to form a "vessel" and topped with ingredients. The toppings are usually some soft, loose, or finely-chopped ingredients.
What You Need:
Tezu (Bowl of cold water, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar added)
Sushi Rice (See here)
Nori, toasted and cut into 2 1/2-cm strips
Toppings are again up to your creativity or you can always take a trip down to a nearby Sushi King / Sakae Sushi to get some ideas ;) Suggested toppings are:
- Chuka kurage (Seasoned jellyfish) , Chuka chinmi (Seasoned scallops), Chuka likado (Seasoned baby octopus)
- Tuna/Salmon flakes
- Ebiko (Fish roe)
- Corn (without the cob of coz!)
- Crabsticks, minced and mixed with mayonnaise
What To Do:
- Moisten hand with the tezu. Take 1 tablespoon of rice and form into an oval shape.
- Place the rice oval on a flat surface and wrap a strip of the nori around its sides, leaving the top and bottom uncovered. Note that the nori should be about 1cm taller than the rice it is wrapped around so that there's space for the toppings later on.
- Continue with the remaining rice, wrapping each with a strip of nori.
- Spooned the ingredients onto the gunkan. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce.
And we are ready, battleship GO! ^_^