Japanese rice is grown across virtually all of Japan. A bowl of rice is included in most family meals. Japanese style rice is also grown in the US. Kokuho Rose is available from our Mount Fuji online shop.
Most Japanese use rice cookers (using measured amounts of washed rice and water). The rice is first washed until the water becomes clear. Then, before cooking it is usually soaked in water. It is then boiled using a ratio of about five parts of water to four parts of rice. After this it is steamed until the centre of the rice becomes soft. Salt is never added to the rice. Here are some common types of Japanese Rice
Rice Ball (onigiri)
The rice is formed into balls and wrapped up with nori (seaweed). Pickles (e.g. pickled plums), fish, or other food can be put into the center of the rice ball. Rice balls are very common and easily made snacks.
The plain rice served in a large bowl with various toppings and sauces. For example, Ten-don (tempura topping), Katsu-don (tonkatsu topping), and Oyako-don (chicken and eggs topping).
Dishes cooked with sushi rice (boiled rice mixed with vinegar and sugar mixture) For example, Nigiri-zushi (hand pressed sushi), maki-zushi (rolled), and inari-zushi (blown bag)
The rice is boiled with various ingredients and seasonings, such as soy sauce.
O-kayu (rice porridge)
Plain rice is simmered very soft.
Rice soup made by pouring hot water or green tea on top of plain rice with various ingredients.
Furikake is a mixture of dried toppings, which is sprinkled on top of plain rice.
Mochi (rice cake)
mochi-gome rice is steamed and pounded to make mochi. It’s extremely sticky.
Sekihan (red rice)
Light pink colored rice for celebrations. Mochi-gome is steamed with azuki beans.
Omochi rice is more sticky than normal rice and is pressed into rice cakes. Omochi used to be eaten on special days only, especially on New Year. But since the procedure of production of Omochi had become much easier, it can now be bought and eaten throughout the year.
Cooked white rice
Japanese cooked rice should be sticky so that one can manage eating it with chopsticks. Bowls of rice are served at most Japanese style meals. Rice cookers cook rice and keep it warm for several hours. They can be bought in the Mount Fuji shop