Girl’s Day 2012: Chirashi-zushi and Hello Kitty
Today marks the Japanese holiday celebrating the life of girls. The holiday is called Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day. Today we are having some traditional food, including sakura mochi and chirashi-zushi. More about Girl’s Day is on a previous post.
Chirashi-zushi is sushi rice that is mixed with vegetables and topped with egg, fish, and more vegetables. It is usually served family style in a large shallow bowl. The ingredients I chose are traditional and some of my favorite ingredients, as they add flavor, texture, and color. I mixed the sushi rice with seasoned shiitake mushrooms and carrots; then topped the rice with cooked lotus root, bamboo shoots, and snow peas. On top of everything are thin omelet “strings” (kinshi tamago) and thin strips of nori seaweed. Although I didn’t include any fish this time, it would be wonderful with cooked shrimp, crab meat and salmon roe.
Sakura Mochi is also eaten on Girl’s Day. It is made with rice flour which is steamed, then folded around sweetened bean paste. It is wrapped in salted cherry leaves, which can also be eaten. Thankfully they are available at the Japanese store because I’ve heard that it is hard to make at home.