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Sushi Art Cookbook
Due to the simplicity of the color scheme and their indisputably adorable appearance, pandas are an ideal subject for Kazari Sushi. As you will see, the steps for making the eyes and the ears have been streamlined and allow for uniformity. The roll for the eyes will be sliced in half crosswise; the roll for ears will be sliced crosswise into 8 pieces.

Makes 4 Panda pieces

Adding “Ears” to Animal-Shaped Rolls

Animals and popular animal characters make great Kazari Sushi designs. These involve small details like eyes and ears, but construction is made easier by adding the ears after the roll has been assembled.

Tips
Position the elliptical rolls for each eye at an angle so they look like two downward-facing wings. • When you cut the roll lengthwise to make the mouth, be sure not to cut all the way through the nori. • When shaping the final roll, make the top of the head rounded, but flatten the chin area.

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  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 1
    Step 1

    Combine 1 cup (200 g) of the sushi rice with the minced bettarazuke and the white sesame seed. Gently mix to incorporate, then divide into the following portions: 5 teaspoons; ½ cup (100 g); 1 tablespoon x 4; and 3½ tablespoons.

  • Step 2

    Combine the remaining ½ cup (100 g) of sushi rice with the black sesame seed and shiso powder. Divide into a 3-tablespoon portion and a 5-tablespoon portion.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make the ears. Place the long ½ half-sheet of nori on the sushi mat with the long edges parallel to the slat. Arrange the 3-tablespoon portion of black sesame-seed rice along the center of the nori and make a round thin roll. Slice into 8 pieces.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make the eyes. Place the long ¾ half-sheet of nori on the sushi mat with the long edges parallel to the slat. Arrange the remaining 5 tablespoons of black sesame-seed rice along the center of the nori and form into an elliptical roll. Slice in half crosswise to make 2 shorter rolls.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make the mouth. Lay ¹⁄³ half-sheet of nori on the sushi mat with the long edges parallel to the slats. Arrange a 5-teaspoon portion of white bettarazuke rice on the nori and make a round roll. Being careful not to cut all the way through the nori at the bottom, slice the roll in half lengthwise. Open up the roll.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make the nose. Lay the remaining ¹⁄³ half-sheet of nori on the sushi mat with the long edges parallel to the slats. Arrange the Kanpyo Simmered Gourd on the nori, close to the front of the long edge. Roll into a thin cylinder, starting at the front edge.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 7
    Step 7

    All the components of the Panda Rolls’ features.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 8
    Step 8

    Assemble the face. Lay the extended nori sheet on the sushi mat with the short edges parallel to the slats. Spread the ½-cup (100-g) portion of white bettarazuke rice across the nori, leaving a 1½-inch (4-cm) space on either side.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 9
    Step 9

    Form the rice so that it is slightly higher at the center, as shown in the photo.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 10
    Step 10

    Shape a 1-tablespoon portion of the bettarazuke rice into a low mountain and set it on the center of the rice bed.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place one of the elliptical eye rolls from step 4 on either side of this mountain, angling each one outward and upward.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fill the space between the eyes with another 1-tablespoon portion of the white rice.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place the nori-wrapped kanpyo “nose” in the center.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fill in the space on either side of the nose with 1-tablespoon portions of bettarazuke rice.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 15
    Step 15

    Gently smooth the surface so it is flat and even, then place the “mouth” from step 5 face-down on top.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 16
    Step 16

    Form the remaining 3½ tablespoons of bettarazuke rice into an even rounded mound over the mouth.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 17
    Step 17

    Lift the sushi mat and tighten from both the left and right sides. Seal the nori and wrap tightly. Looking at the roll so the design is visible from the side, adjust the overall shape into an oval. Remove the sushi mat and place the roll face-down on a cutting board. Cover with the mat again and shape so the top of the head is rounded and the chin area is flat. Remove the sushi mat.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Panda Sushi Rolls - Step 18
    Step 18

    Use a very sharp knife dipped in vinegar water to slice the roll into 4 pieces, wiping the blade clean each time. Decorate by adding two ears from step 3 to each slice and placing a slice of pickled burdock on each eye.  

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