Make sushi rice with sesame dressing and roll cannned sardines and cream cheese with lettuce. I am not sure this is Japanese food but I love sushi and try to cook something different always. Cheap food costs but great nuturitious food. I used cream cheese so that even not big fan of sushi people could try.
1 cup Japanese Rice/Sushi Rice
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
2 cans of Sardines in oil
2 oz Cream Cheese
8-10 Large leaves of Green Lettuce (use only top)
1.Rinse rice several times in running water until water gets clear. Drain in a colander. Cook in a sauce pan with a lid or rice cooker according to package directions. Note, just a little bit less than package directions so that rice is cooked a little bit harder. (To make perfect sushi rice, rice should be cooked little bit harder than regular rice)
2.While rice is cooking, in a small bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and sesame seeds oil. Mix well. Cut cream cheese into half inch matchsticks. Rinse lettuce and drain sardines.
3.When rice is done, transfer to the medium bowl and add 2 and mix gently. Don’t stir too much. Let it cool.
4.Place 2 tablespoons of sushi rice on one leaf of lettuce. Then place 1 stick of cream cheese and 1 piece of sardine. Wrap it folding right and left. Make 8-10 rolls.