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  1. 1 1/2 cups 240g / 8 1/2oz Long-grain rice

  2. 1/4 cup 59ml Plus 3 tablespoons rice vinegar - not seasoned

  3. 1/4 cup 49g / 1.7oz Sugar

  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons 7 1/2ml Salt

  5. 1 tablespoon 15ml Sesame seeds - pref. Unhulled

  6. 3 tablespoons 45ml Vegetable oil

  7. 2 tablespoons 30ml Finely chopped pickled ginger

  8. 4 Scallions (about 3/4 cup) cut lengthwise into thin

  9. 1" strips

  10. 1/2 cup 55g / 1.9oz Finely shredded carrot

  11. 1 cup 237ml Seedless cucumber (about 1 pound) (large) quartered lengthwise and cored and Chopped 2 Nori*

  12. 1 Avocado (preferably California)

  13. 1/4 lb 113g / 4oz Surimi (mock crab legs) if desired - sliced thin

  14. For Dressing

  15. 2 teaspoons 10ml Wasabi (Japanese green horseradish) powder

  16. 1 tablespoon 15ml Hot water

  17. 2 tablespoons 30ml Cold water

  18. 2 tablespoons 30ml Soy sauce

  19. 2 teaspoons 10ml Ginger juice squeezed from freshly grated gingerroot

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  1. * paper-thin sheets of dried seaweed Into a large saucepan of salted boiling water stir rice and boil 10 minutes. Drain rice in a colander and rinse. Set colander over a kettle of boiling water (rice should not touch water) and steam rice, covered with a kitchen towel and lid, until fluffy and dry, 10 to 15 minutes (check water level in kettle occasionally, adding water if necessary).

  2. While rice is steaming, in a small saucepan bring 1/4 cup vinegar to a boil with sugar and salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and remove from heat. In a dry small skillet toast sesame seeds over moderate heat, stirring, until golden and fragrant and transfer to a small bowl.

  3. Transfer rice to a large bowl and stir in vinegar mixture. Cool rice and stir in sesame seeds, remaining 3 tablespoons vinegar, oil, ginger, scallions, carrot, and cucumber. Salad may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring salad to room temperature before proceeding.

  4. Dry-roast nori, 1 sheet at a time, directly above moderate heat (gas or electric burner), holding it at opposite corners and moving it back and forth, until it turns bright green, 30 seconds to 1 minute. With scissors cut nori into thin 2-inch-long strips.

  5. Peel and pit avocado. Quarter avocado and cut crosswise into thin slices. Add avocado to salad with surimi if using and two thirds of nori strips and toss well.

  6. Make dressing: In a small bowl stir wasabi powder into hot water and stir in cold water, soy sauce, and ginger juice.

  7. Serve salad sprinkled with remaining nori strips and drizzled with dressing.


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