Recipe courtesy of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Unagi Roll (Broiled fresh water Eel)

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8 ounces sushi rice

Sushi Su seasoning, recipe follows

1 full sheet nori (roasted seaweed)

1-ounce cucumber, julienned

1/2-ounce Kaiware (daikon sprouts), juilienne

4 ounces Unagi (broiled fresh water eel)

1 pinch sesame seeds

1 ounce Unagi Glaze, recipe follows

Gari (pickled ginger), to taste

Wasabi (Japanese horseradish), to taste

Soy Sauce, to taste

Sushi Su seasoning:

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1 cup rice vinegar

1- ounce sea kelp

Unagi Glaze:

4 ounces sake

4 ounces mirin

1-ounce sugar

1-ounce water

1/2-ounce soy sauce


Special equipment:
Makisu (bamboo rolling mat)
  1. To cook the sushi rice - wash rice well, drain and let stand for 30 minutes in colander. When cooking rice, for 1 cup of rice add just a little less than 1 cup water in a rice cooker. 45 minutes after rice has been started, remove into a big mixing bowl (plastic or wood is best, metal is also OK) to speed the cooling process. Add 1-ounce of sushi su seasoning and mix well into rice. Let stand to cool. Periodically turn your rice to cool evenly. Do this for about 20 to 30 minutes, then cover. 
  2. Place a full sheet of nori (rough side up), on the bamboo rolling mat. Cover the whole sheet except for about 7/8-inch at far end with rice, pressing rice with damp hands into an even layer. Sprinkle sesame seeds on rice from left to right. Place bands of Unagi, cucumber, and kaiware sprouts across leading edge of nori. Roll closest edge to you, up and away from you, very carefully tuck in the roll and continue until you reach the bare end, to seal your roll. Make sure when rolling all ingredients are tightly secured, this will help to keep ingredients intact when cutting. Compress the roll with the bamboo mat. You may shape your roll making it slightly oval or squared off. To serve, slice into 12 even slices. Place Unagi glaze on plate or serve as side dish. Fan out sushi on plate, garnish with pickled ginger and wasabi. Serve with soy sauce. 
  3. Sushi hints: Nori has 2 sides, 1 rough and 1 smooth and shiny. The rough side holds the rice better and the smooth side is more presentable on the outside. Also, water is your best friend when making sushi. Keep you hands wet when handling rice so the rice will not stick to your hands. This is important when slicing or cutting sushi rolls, keep your knife wet at all times so the knife can glide through the rice.

Sushi Su seasoning:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook just until sugar completely dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

Unagi Glaze:

  1. Combine all ingredients and set aside.
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