Chirashizushi Plate with Hina Matsuri Bears

Chirashizushi Plate with Hina Matsuri Bears

This attention grabbing dish is made with just a few ingredients. It's beautiful, without using expensive ingredients like salmon roe or shrimp, and can be served without the cucumber wrap.

Ingredients: 2 Servings

Ready-made Chirashizushi (with sesame seeds, if available)
2 servings
Yolk of a hard boiled egg
1/2 to 1/3
4 stems
1/3 medium sized
Bear-like Emperor and Empress Figurines
Boiled eggs
Processed cheese
Nori seaweed
to taste
Imitation crab sticks
an appropriate amount
to taste
As needed (leaves only)
Thin omelette
Portion made with one egg


1. Wash and rub the cucumber peel with salt to remove the waxy coating. Use a vegetable peeler to slice into long strips. Soak in salted water until soft.
2. Parboil the spinach in boiling water. Cut the carrots into 2 to 3 mm rounds and boil (in dashi broth, if possible).
3. Hard-boil the egg and put the yolk through a sieve.
4. Pack the chirashizushi in a mould. If you don't have one, use aluminum foil or cardboard to make one.
5. Remove the mould, wrap with cucumber strips, and bind with spinach stems.
6. Top with the egg yolk, carrots, and spinach leaves. The chirashizushi is ready.
7. To make the figurines. Cut out thin pieces, about 5 mm, from the bottom of the hard boiled egg to use for ears. Use a spaghetti noodle to attach them. Prepare a thin omelette.
8. Use nori seaweed to make the facial features and the red part from imitation crab sticks to make the cheeks.
9. For the emperor: cut the cheese slice for a collar and wrap under spinach leaf, fashioning a kimono. Make the hat from nori pressed on cheese.
10. For the empress: cut the cheese slice for a collar, and wrap under the thin omelette, fashioning a kimono. If you cut the cheese into a rectangle it is easier to wrap.
11. For the hairpin, use a carrot. For the fan: use the red part of an imitation crab stick cut and stick to the top of the white part.
12. Here's another version: not bears, but cute nevertheless.

Story Behind this Recipe

These very decorative dishes are made with just a few ingredients.