Chirashi Sushi Cake and Temari Sushi ちらし寿司ケーキと手まり寿司

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  • On March 3, celebrate Japan’s Doll’s Festival (Hina Matsuri) with the beautiful Chirashi Sushi Cake and Temari Sushi.

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    This past Saturday was a special day for young girls in Japan. Every March 3rd the Japanese celebrate the Doll Festival called Hinamatsuri.

    For the festival, many families with daughters display colorful Hina Ningyo, a set of the traditional Emperor and Empress dolls dressed in kimono, and celebrate this day to pray for the girls’ growth and happiness.

    Hinaningyo / Hinamatsuri

    On this day, Chirashi Sushi and Clear Clam Soup are often served as a part of the feast.

    Sushi oke containing Chirashi Sushi.

    Japanese clam clear soup in a red bowl.

    I usually serve Chirashi Sushi in a bowl, but this year I made it a little more special for my soon-to-be 4-year-old daughter who loves anything pretty. I made a sushi cake out of Chirashi Sushi thanks to my Japanese mommy friend who gave me this idea.

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    With leftover ingredients, I made Temari Sushi using thin egg crepes (see my other examples of Temari Sushi here).

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    Chirashi Sushi Cake IIII
    Chirashi Sushi Cake and Temari Sushi
    Prep Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
    Simple Chirashi sushi cake with shredded egg, boiled shrimp, and salmon sashimi. Garnished with salmon roe. 
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: food art, sushi
    Servings: 2 each Chirashi Sushi Cake and Temari Sushi
    Author: Nami
    For Decoration:
    • 10-12 pieces sashimi-grade salmon
    • 12 shrimp (boiled)
    • ⅓-½ cup Ikura (salmon roe)
    • 2-3 snow peas (blanched, cut diagonally)
    To Make Chirashi Sushi:
    1. When rice is cooked, take out some rice into a small bowl, and mix with Sakura Denbu to make pink colored rice.
      Chirashi Sushi Cake & Temari Sushi 1
    2. Place the rest of rice into a large bowl and add one packet of Chirashi Sushi Mix while the rice is still hot. Fold everything together with the rice using a rice paddle. Gently slice through the rice to separate the grains. Cover with moist towel so it will not dry out.
      Chirashi Sushi Cake & Temari Sushi 2
    3. Make thin egg crepe & shredded egg crepe garnish. Save 1 egg crepe for Temari Sushi (to make 2 Temari Sushi) and cut into thin julienne strips.
      Chirashi Sushi Cake & Temari Sushi 3
    To Assemble Chirashi Sushi Cake & Temari Sushi:
    1. For Chirashi Sushi Cake, prepare a container of your choice (round/square, small/big). First place shredded egg crepe garnish on the bottom. Make sure there is no space between. Then add ½ inch layer of pink rice, then finally put Chirashi Sushi on top. Between rice and container, place the sliced cucumber around the bowl so when you flip upside down it will nicely decorate the bottom trim.
      Chirashi Sushi Cake & Temari Sushi 4
    2. Flip on a plate and decorate as you wish. To make sashimi rose, you overlap half a piece of sashimi with the next one and roll them up.
    3. For Temari Sushi, cut the thin egg crepe into half and place it on a sheet of plastic wrap. Put about 1-2 Tbsp. of Chirashi Sushi on top of the egg crepe and wrap it tightly. Keep it wrapped until you are ready to serve.
      Chirashi Sushi Cake & Temari Sushi 5
    4. When you are ready to serve, unwrap the Temari Sushi and place it on a plate. Garnish with snow pea, half of sliced shrimp, and ikura on top.
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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