I believe this was the first thing I ever made. At the time I was living in Portland, Oregon and it was my first time away from home. More than anything, I missed the food. One of my aunts told me that if I could read, I could cook and mom sent me a copy of the Honpa Hongwanji Cookbook. I’ve modified the su (vinegar mixture for the rice) and simplified the preparation of the veggies.
This is dish I make often – it’s portable and great to take to potlucks. For New Year’s lunch, I used matsutake mushrooms that I bought from a paper-making factor in Bhutan – strange place to find them!
6 cups rice
6 cups water
Sugar – 3/8 cup
Salt – 2 1/2 T.
Rice vinegar – 1 cup
Cook the rice. While the rice is cooking, make the su by combining the ingredients in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and then bring to room temperature.
Cut the beans and carrots into small cubes. Parboil beans, carrots, and mushrooms in a small amount of water (about 3 T) with salt.
When rice is done, let stir the rice. Let is sit for about 20 minutes.
Then add the su mixture a little at a time until rice is flavored the way you like it. Taste it as you go.
Then add the veggies and mix gently. Garnish with furikake or ao nori.