Microwave the seasoning ingredients for about 20 seconds to dissolve (adjust the time according to your microwave). (See Tip 1 in Hints.)
Add the flavoring ingredients to the piping hot rice with a rice paddle, and mix while cooling.
Put down a sushi rolling mat, then put on plastic wrap, nori seaweed and 1/3 of the sushi rice in that order. Tip 2: Don't put on too much sushi rice at this point!
Lay the lettuce and the fried chicken on top in the center. Tip 3: Cut the fried chicken into similar-sized pieces.
Roll up tightly.
Cut the rolls, and you are done. Wet the knife after each cut (see Tip 4 in Hints).
Cut into bite-sized pieces, and pack in your bento!
Add spicy mayonnaise for a grownup flavor!
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to reproduce a nostalgic item that used to be served at the school cafeteria when I was in university, so I made this. At the time, to keep up with huge demand, the dinner ladies at the cafeteria would pick up the fried chicken and make these rolls with their bare hands. Amazing!
Tip 1: By microwaving the flavoring ingredients, you can weaken the sting of the vinegar. Tip 2:This will make it airy and fluffy, and the texture will improve. Tip 3: This is so that you can make the rolls with an even thickness. Tip 4: This helps make the cuts clean.