Gomoku chirashi-sushi (五目ちらし寿司)

When I was a little girl, my mum used to cook this Gomoku chirashi-sushi on Hinamatsuri day (ひな祭り), March 3rd. Looks colourful, but these coloured ingredients are optional.


(4~5 servings)


  • Carrot: 1/2 (approximately 70 g)
  • Dried shiitake mushroom: 4
  • Freeze-dried tofu: 2
  • Lotus root: 50 g
  • Deep fried tofu: 2 pieces
  • [*A] Dashi: 300 cc (to learn how to make dashi, check this page.)
  • [*A] Soy sauce: 2.5 tablespoons
  • [*A] Sugar: 3 tablespoons
  • [*A] Liquid after soaking shiitake mushrooms: 3 tablespoons
  • Egg: 1
  • Boiled prawn: 6
  • Sakura denbu (mashed and seasoned fish with white flesh, optional)
  • Snow peas: Adjust to suit your needs (boiled, optional)

[Sushi rice]

  • Rice: 700 g
  • Water: 700 cc
  • Vinegar: 80 cc
  • Sugar: 5 tablespoons
  • Salt: 2 teaspoons


[Ingredients and toppings]

  1. Slice boiled prawns into halves.
  2. Soak shiitake mushrooms and freeze-dried tofu to reconstitute them. If you have a microwave oven, microwave shiitake mushrooms and water for 3 minutes and leave them 15 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Cut a carrot and some freeze-dried tofu into thin strips. Slice shiitake mushrooms. Slice lotus root into quarter circles. Soak the lotus root in vinegared water to remove bitterness. Then drain the vinegared water.
  4. Keep 3 tablespoons of the liquid after soaking shiitake mushrooms.
  5. Put [*A] in a pot and add carrot, shiitake mushrooms, freeze-dried tofu, lotus roots and deep-fried tofu in the pot. Boil down over medium heat while sometimes mixing.
  6. Beat the eggs. Heat a frying pan. Grease it with a few drops oil. Spread the beaten egg over the pan and cook over medium-high heat. Slice the cooked egg into thin strips.

[Sushi rice]

  1. Prepare warm rice. To learn how to cook warm rice, check this page.
  2. Dissolve sugar and salt in vinegar and add to the warm rice. Mix them gently.
  3. Add the simmered ingredients to the rice and mix them gently.
  4. Serve in a bowl. Sprinkle sliced egg and denbu. Sprinkle boiled snow peas and prawns.
  5. Now your Gomoku chirashi-sushi is ready! いただきます!


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