I was a big fan of a Japanese author who wrote many books on his travels, often in the places totally secluded from the world. One day, he cooked Rice, put canned Sardines and Nori on top of the Rice, then drizzled with some very precious Soy Sauce that he was carrying around. The description of the meal and his satisfaction was incredible. That inspired me to make this dish and I have been making it for decades. If you have already cooked Rice, you don’t need to cook anything. Super quick and easy, and satisfaction guaranteed.


1 Serving


2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Sugar *optional, alter to suit your taste
1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger *optional but highly recommended
1 can (110g) Sardines *I used Sardines in Olive Oil, drained
1 Spring Onion *thinly sliced
1 to 2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 sheet Toasted Nori
1 serving warm Cooked Rice
Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) OR Ground Chilli *optional

  1. Combine Soy Sauce, Sugar and grated Ginger in a bowl. Add drained Sardines, Spring Onion and Toasted Sesame Seeds, and gently combine.
  2. Toast Nori over gas flame OR a heat source until aromatic and crispy. The colour of Nori should turn greenish colour. Tear into small pieces and add to the Sardine mixture, and roughly combine.
  3. Half fill a bowl with warm Cooked Rice and cover it with the Sardine mixture, add some Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) OR Ground Chilli, and enjoy.