Sushi is a revered art form in Japan.Jiro Dreams of Sushi (a fantastic documentary) reflects the strict standards adhered to by old-school sushi masters. Iron Chef Morimoto, in his latest cookbook, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking, also speaks of the long training process. Before his knife could touch the fish, Chef Morimoto was required to perfect cooking Japanese rice. (Even amongst home cooks, there is a definite competitive edge when it comes to producing the perfect bowl of rice.)
Do you dream of eating sushi in Japan? If your bank account is brimming with dollars, by all means get in the queue for a seat at Jiro Ono’s sushi bar. If not consider Kyubey in Tokyo. (The link is in English.) DoJimaHamaShin is recommended if in Osaka. (This link is also in English.) You’ll get top-quality sushi at reasonable prices.
Japan travel tip: Stop by the fancy sushi bars at noon. Your bill will be considerably less than a dinnertime visit.
Of course, you can always find kaiten revolving conveyer belt sushi restaurants. Kaiten sushi is great for those of us on a budget. You probably won’t find the sedate, serene atmosphere of a traditional sushi restaurant. The kaiten sushi self-serve establishments tend to be bright, cheery and informal. On Japan’s northernmost island, Hakodate, Sushi Maru Togura Shop, a toy bullet train circles the restaurant and delivers sushi to customers.
Two hours south of Tokyo, Numazu city’s Donguri creatively adapted the kaiten sushi concept. Instead of a train track or conveyer belt, the cafe’s owners built a moat. So spectacular soba noodles and ice cream sundae arrive in boats!
For today’s Sunday Supper picnic theme, I’m taking my cue from the creative owners of Donguri. Instead of serving up “regular” sushi (or Cowboy Sushi) I’m delivering Rice Krispie Sushi. Using the standard Rice Krispie treats recipe, I shaped the slightly cooled mixture into sushi shapes. To balance the gooey marshmallow sweetness, I topped the Rice Krispie Sushi with dried papaya and mango. I was over the moon to hear my very honest husband declare, “They look just like sushi!”
Coat a deep pan with butter. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwave for 30 seconds.
Pour into the deep pan with the marshmallows. Over a low heat melt the marshmallows.
Stir frequently with a heat resistant spatula. (Or a Japanese wood o-shamoji rice scoop.)
When the marshmallows are melted, remove the pan from the heat.
Stir in the Rice Krispies. When the cereal is coated with the marshmallows, transfer to a greased pan or wax paper.
Allow the mixture to cool a minute or two.
Form the warm marshmallow cereal mixture into sushi shapes.
Top the Rice Krispie Sushi with dried papaya spears and/or dried mango.
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