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What Is Box Sushi?

There is a wide variety of sushi in Japanese cuisine, and it often depends on the way the sushi is shaped.

Sushi is popularly made into tubes or cones but can take other shapes as well.

Box sushi is a traditional Japanese sushi that is made in a wooden mold the shape of a box 

The sushi rice and other ingredients are layered in the mold, and when pressed, they take up the shape of the mold.

Box sushi

A variety of sushi originating from Osaka.

This sushi is also known as “Hako sushi” which is “box sushi” in Japanese.

It can also be known “oshi Sushi” which means “pressed sushi” in English

The sushi box is filled with rice and pressed down.

The box could be filled with other sushi ingredients traditionally used as toppings for sushi including mackerel, seaweed, vegetables and shrimp.

The sushi is pressed in such a way that the contents are compact, and once the mold is removed, the sushi takes the shape of a box.  

The mold is known as Oshizushihako

Box sushi is made with a special mold where the rice are other ingredients are pressed inside.

Oshizushihako is the name of the box shaped mold that is used to make this sushi.

The mold can also be is known as “oshibako”

Traditionally, the mold could be made from different types of wood including cypress, cedar and pine.

Nowadays there are plastic molds which are also used to make this type of sushi. The plastic molds are easier to clean.

The box typically has three parts; the top, the bottom and the side walls.

Each of the walls is rectangular in shape. There are also grooves on the side of the box are used to slice this sushi 

To prevent the rice from sticking to the mold, it is soaked in water. 

How is box sushi made?

The sushi is molded in a wooden box.

The top is taken off and the ingredients are poured into the box.

The sushi rice is first poured into the wooden mold, followed by the toppings consisting of different other ingredients.

The top part of the mold is used to press down the sushi after each layer is laid down.

The sushi is pressed in a way that it becomes compact and takes the shape of the box.

To remove the pressed sushi, the walls are the mold are disassembled followed by the top part.  

The sushi is also cut into squares, and then served.