David Chang was inspired to make these playful rolls by a snack he had at Yunpilam, a temple in South Korea, where the nuns served him edamame mixed with walnuts and molasses. His rolls have an edamame-and-walnut filling; unlike other sushi rolls, they can be served warm.
2 cups sushi rice, rinsed well
2 cups water
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup (4 ounces) shelled edamame
3 tablespoons molasses
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
10 sheets of nori, see Note
20 shiso leaves, see Note
10 nori-length pieces of pickled daikon or other Asian pickled radish, see Note
2 large carrots, cut into thin 2-inch-long matchsticks
How to Make It
In a medium saucepan, bring the rice and the water to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Scrape the rice into a bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Add the walnuts and cook over high heat, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the edamame, molasses and the 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until sticky, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sesame seeds. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
Set 1 nori sheet on a bamboo sushi mat. With lightly moistened hands, pat 2/3 cup of the sushi rice onto the nori in a rectangle that covers the lower two-thirds of the sheet, about 1/3 inch thick. Crush 2 rice grains in the empty corners to act as glue. Arrange 2 shiso leaves over the rice. In the center of the shiso, arrange a piece of daikon, 2 tablespoons of carrots and 2 tablespoons of the walnut-edamame mixture. Lift the end of the bamboo mat nearest you up and over, pressing to tuck the filling into a cylinder. Tightly roll up the fillings. Repeat to form the remaining 9 rolls. Cut each roll into 6 pieces and transfer to a platter. Serve with soy sauce.
Nori, shiso and pickled daikon are available at many Asian markets.