May 6, 2013

Cube It!

Rice Cube

Even though I’m pretty good at rolling sushi the traditional way, if I say so myself, still I got all excited over this bright red and fun gadget I got to test for Fonq.

What is it? It’s a rice cube and it’s the best thing out there for sushi loving nori haters.

I tolerate nori but am not crazy about it, far from it, which is why I prefer inside out rolls. But my guys? Oh boy, they hate nori with the passion of a thousand fiery suns.

With the rice cube you don’t have to use nori at all. Or just use it for decoration purposes. No sushi rice on hand? No problem. This works just as easily with any kind of long-grained rice as it does with sushi rice.

I’ll show you some of the bit-sized snacks I made using it. I had so much fun. Makes for great party sushi or appetizers!

 

The rice cube. Even the box looked cute.
Rice Cube

Ingenious Aussie gadget. A lightweight and bright red mould that hardly needs any storage room.
Rice Cube

I did make sushi rice. Rinsed it until the water stayed clear and set it aside for 30 minutes.
Rice Cube

 
I used my rice steamer. Left it in there for 15 minutes at the warm setting while I was mixing my Sushi-su.
 

I always mix 1 1/2 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar with 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp kosher salt. Stir until it’s clear and gently add it to the sushi rice.
Rice Cube

Got the device ready. I like saying that, device. Like I’m breaking out the big guns or something.
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Fill it halfway with rice, top it with anything you like: this was thinly sliced cucumber and avocado, my favourite.
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Top with more rice and a thin layer of salmon. Close the top, press it and voila…
Rice Cube

A sushi cube.
Rice Cube

You can simply roll a thin or thick strip of nori around it.
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I used my vegetable peeler to get some very thin cheddar strips.
Rice Cube

Filled it halfway with rice, added a small spoonful of basic tuna salad, topped with more rice and cheese…
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These were delicious!
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I made some using walnuts and tiny pieces of pineapple. Making these cubes takes you mere seconds.
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I got crazy. It’s real easy to get carried away with this thing!
Rice Cube

 
But don’t just think of Sushi. I also used this to make fun rice with peas and carrot cubes. Perfect for fussy eaters because kids are not intimidated by the serving sizes and it look a lot more fun.
 

Admit it looks gorgeous!
Rice Cube

Apparently you can use the rice cube for polenta and potatoes as well. My next project will be using it to make mini breaded and deep-fried bami cubes and something with melted cheese in it!