Seasoned sushi rice replaces traditional rice noodles in these summer rolls. Use shrimp in place of tuna to vary the recipe.
Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2002
To prepare rolls, rinse the rice thoroughly in a sieve. Drain well. Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in ginger, mirin, minced jalapeño pepper, shallots, sugar, fish sauce, and salt.
Combine soy sauce and 1 teaspoon sugar; brush over tuna. Marinate in refrigerator 10 minutes. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut tuna into 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices.
Add hot water to a large, shallow dish to a depth of 1 inch. Place 1 rice paper sheet in dish. Let stand 30 seconds or just until soft.
Place sheet on a flat surface. Arrange 1/4 cup watercress to cover half of sheet, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with 1/3 cup rice mixture; spread evenly. Arrange 1 tuna slice over rice. Fold sides of sheet over filling; starting with filled side, roll up jelly-roll fashion. Repeat procedure with remaining rice paper sheets, watercress, rice mixture, and tuna. Cut each roll in half diagonally.
To prepare sauce, combine vinegar and remaining ingredients. Arrange 2 roll halves on each of 8 plates; serve 2 1/4 teaspoons sauce with each serving.
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