Nigiri sushi or hand-moulded sushi is the sushi we're probably most familiar with and is the most common kind eaten in sushi bar worldwide.
What You Need:
Tezu (Bowl filled with cold water, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar added)
Sushi Rice (See here)
Shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)
Common toppings used are:
- Sashimi tuna/salmon, thinly sliced
- Unagi (Grilled eel), sliced
- Squid/Cuttlefish, thinly sliced
- Prawns, cooked (though I don't eat these :P)
- Crabsticks, cooked (I rarely eat this outside because it's not worth it to me..hehe)
Note that I will be indicating right/left hand to make it easier to understand which hand I am talking about. But if you are left-handed, just switch the hands mentioned ;)
What To Do:
- Dip fingers of both hands in bowl of vinegared water, shake off excess. Pick up about 1 tablespoon of rice with your right hand, gently squeezing and shaping it into a rectangular shape with rounded edges.
- Pick up one slice of topping with the index finger and thumb of the left hand. Using tip of right hand index finger, scoop a dab of wasabi and spread it across the centre of the topping.
- Bend fingers of left hand to hold topping and place rice shape on topping.
- Use right-hand index and middle fingers to gently push rice and fish together.
- Turn sushi piece over so topping is on top, gently push fish against rice again with the right-hand index and middle fingers.
- With thumb on one side of rice and index finger on the other, gently squeeze rice to straighten the sides.
- Repeat with remaining toppings. Serve nigiri sushi with sauce in separate bowl.
There, nigiri sushi..done! ^_^