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Today i will show you how to prepare rice seasoning for your sushi rice. Sushi rice may be prepared without adding rice seasoning, but it will not have much flavor. Rice seasoning adds flavor and texture to sushi rice. Rice seasoning can simply be a mix of vinegar, sugar, and salt, but I like to prepare a more traditional seasoning. I use rice vinegar and infuse it with Kombu, which adds a natural flavors similar to what you would get from MSG. Then I add salt and sweet rice wine (or regular rice wine and sugar). After everything boils and dissolves I like to refrigerate my rice seasoning for 24-48 hours, this allows the flavors to become richer. Although this rice seasoning may take a little extra time to prepare I truely suggest giving it a try, as the additional flavors it provides are worth it.
Step #1 | Add Kombu
First take your pot and pour about 1 cup on rice vinegar into it. Then place a piece of Kombu about 2 inches in size into the vinegar, and bring it to a simmer. Once the vinegar begins to simmer let it do so for about a minute, and then remove the Kombu.
Step #2 | Add Rice Wine and Salt
Once you have removed the Kombu you can add 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of sweet rice wine. If you do not have sweet rice wine then simply add sugar along with regular rice wine. Now let the mixture boil for 5 minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate. Once the rice seasoning is prepared it is best to refrigerate it for 24-48 hours to allow the flavors to become richer.