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Satisfy Your Tummy With An Easy Cali Sushi Rice Bowl

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Cali Sushi Rice Bowl Satisfaction

Want to satisfy your tummy with an easy Cali sushi rice bowl recipe? Yeah, you do!

I had the privilege of making this hearty dish in my culinary program during our World Cuisines block. I was so excited to make a dish representing my Japanese heritage. Moreover, I also enjoyed using my new food cutout set that my colleagues had given me for my birthday last year to create a fun plating display.

Cali Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe & Equipment

Yields: 2 servings

  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoon white sugar
  • ¾  teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 oz. crab sticks, thinly shredded
  • ½ carrots, julienne
  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced half-moons
  • ½ avocado, pitted, thinly sliced
  • ½ sliced nori, julienne
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • Spicy mayo sauce
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • Measuring bowls, cups, and spoons
  • Mixing bowls/cups/spoons for mise en place ingredients
  • Food scale
  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Colander
  • Strainer
  • Saucepot with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Big glass Pyrex bowl
  • Rice paddle

Production Steps

  1. Sanitize kitchen (sink, countertops, stovetop/oven, cupboard handles, phone, computer).
  2. Wash and peel carrots.
  3. Julienne carrots.
  4. Thinly slice and half-moon cucumbers.
  5. Thinly slice avocado.
  6. Julienne nori sheet.
  7. Thinly shred crab sticks.
  8. Wash rice in a pot until water runs clear when it’s poured out.
  9. Mise en place ingredients.
  10. Add one cup of fresh water to the pot with rice.
  11. Place pot on the stove and turn to high heat.
  12. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  13. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  14. Remove from the heat and rest for an additional 10 minutes. Do not disturb the pot.
  15. Combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small saucepot.
  16. Heat over low heat to dissolve the sugar and salt and mix well with the vinegar.
  17. Transfer the cooked rice into a large bowl.
  18. Fold in ¼ of the vinegar mixture with the rice.
  19. Repeat the process until all the vinegar mixture is utilized. The rice will then have a glossy appearance.
  20. Place some of the rice in another small bowl and garnish with toppings.
  21. Mix the mayo and sriracha together.
  22. Drizzle onto the sushi bowl dish or serve on the side with shoyu (aka soy sauce).
  23. Eat immediately.

What?! White Rice has Healthy Benefits, too?!

Yup, you heard right. Here’s why.

White rice has been portrayed negatively toward our health because it’s been linked to type two diabetes (Stein, 2019). However, rice is a staple in Hawai’i. It’s eaten with almost every meal. We live for rice, especially white rice. But recently, more and more people have been shying away from white rice consumption because of its connection to diabetes. Diabetes is very prevalent in our state and is detrimental to our health when left untreated or not managed properly. Some of my late family members were subjected to health complications due to unmanaged diabetes, such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, kidney condition, and amputation due to gangrene.

But as the famous saying goes, “everything in moderation,” right? For you white rice lovers, I have some good news. Surprisingly, white rice has some great health benefits. Gupta (2021) affirms that rice is easily digestible and keeps the gut healthy.

When I was a child with stomach pain or the stomach flu, my late paternal grandma made okayu, Japanese congee (rice soup). I would also eat jook, a Chinese congee, that she would buy from a nearby Chinese restaurant. My family believed congee helped ease the tummy’s discomfort. They were right. It was soothing and comforting to eat.

Let’s Clear the Air: Porridge vs. Congee

I want to quickly share the difference between “porridge” and “congee.” I utilized the term “porridge” a lot when referring to okayu and jook when I was growing up. I also found a lot of websites referring to these two dishes as “porridges.” I recently learned the term “congee” in school. So, I did the research to clear any confusion. Eat for Longer (2022) states that porridge is made with oats, while congee is made with cooked rice. There ya have it!

White Rice Rocks, but Brown Rice is Preferred

While brown rice is known to be “healthier,” the texture of the grain is tougher. I love brown rice and consider that my preferred starch. However, when my dad made jook with brown rice, it wasn’t as appetizing as his white rice version of the soup. Even though the brown rice is cooked until it’s soft, it’s not as tender as white rice. Thus, some dishes simply taste better with white rice. Sushi is another dish that needs to be eaten with white rice. I’ve tried it with brown rice and I wasn’t a fan. It didn’t have the right mouthfeel that satisfied my tastebuds.

To everything in moderation,

FS x


Eat For Longer (2022). What’s the difference between porridge and congee? Retrieved:

Gupta, S. (2021). Chawal is not your enemy! These 6 benefits of white rice prove exactly that. Retrieved:

Stein, N. (2019). Diabetes and rice | Can I eat rice with diabetes? Retrieved:

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