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Hina Dolls Made with Inari Sushi

Hina Dolls Made with Inari Sushi

These are hina dolls for Hina Matsuri (Girl's Day) made from inari sushi.

Ingredients: For 3 triangular inari sushi plus 2 sets of additional parts

Aburaage
3 slices
● Dashi stock
120 ml
● Mirin
0.6 tablespoons
● Raw cane sugar or castor sugar
2.4 tablespoons
● Soy sauce
1.2 tablespoon
Uncooked white rice
1 rice cooker cup's worth (180 ml)
Water
Up to the 1 cup line for sushi rice in the rice cooker or 180 ml
Sake
1/2 tablespoon
Kombu for dashi stock
five 2.5 cm pieces
◆ Vinegar
2 tablespoons
◆ Sugar
1 tablespoon
◆ Salt
1/2 teaspoon
White sesame seeds
1 tablespoon
To decorate:
Quail eggs
2
Nori seaweed
about 1/4 of a sheet
Cucumber
a small amount
Carrot
a small amount
Black sesame seeds, ketchup
a small amount

Steps

1. Roll a chopstick over the aburaage to loosen the layers.
2. Briefly soak the aburaage in boiling water for 10 seconds (the photo shows 5 aburaage sheets).
3. Pat dry between paper towels. Cut each piece into half diagonally.
4. Add the ● ingredients into the pot and simmer. Add the Step 3 aburaage and spoon over the simmering liquid over low heat for 5 minutes. Let cool.
5. Make the sushi vinegar: Combine the ◆ ingredients in a heatproof container and microwave for 30 seconds (or so) at 500 W. Mix to dissolve the sugar.
6. Make the sushi rice: Rinse the rice and cook in a rice cooker with water, sake and kombu.
7. When the rice is cooked, transfer to a bowl. Add the combined sushi vinegar and mix well using a cutting motion. Fan with a fan to cool.
8. Cover the rice with a wrung out moistened kitchen towel. Mix in the sesame seeds.
9. Let's prepare the hina doll: Cut out the various parts from nori seaweed, cucumber and carrot as shown in the photo.
10. Lightly drain the simmered aburaage from Step 4, and cut the corners as shown in the photo. Chop up the cut off corners and mix in to the sushi rice.
11. Form about 60 g of the sushi rice into a fat triangular ball, and wrap with the aburaage from Step 10.
12. Pull the long piece in the back under the rice and tuck the end in under the aburaage in the front.
13. Stick the nori seaweed 'hair' on a boiled quail egg, and stick on the cucumber and carrot parts. Make small holes in the egg where the eyes should go, and stick in the black sesame seeds. Paint the cheeks with ketchup.
14. This is the back view.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to eat my favorite inari sushi on the day of the Hinamatsuri Festival!
For the inari sushi recipe, refer to "Our Family's Puffy Inari Sushi" Recipe ID: 613523.