sushi meshi

Pronunciation: [SOO-shee MEH-shee]

The rice used in sushi dishes, made by tossing freshly cooked rice with a dressing made of vinegar, sugar and salt (Asian markets carry a packaged mix of this dressing). The rice-dressing mixture is fanned during tossing to help cool the rice quickly. Sushi meshi is also called shari.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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