A refreshing mix of cucumber, cooked crab meat and mayonnaise, wrapped in nori.

Step 1: You will need (for one person):
— 1.5–2 oz/45—60 g prepared sushi rice
— 1–1.5 oz/30—40 g cooked crab meat
— 1–1.5 oz/20—30 g cucumber
— 2 tsp mayonnaise
— 3 strips of nori (each strip 1/6 of a sheet)

Step 2: Take a cutting board, a sharp knife and a bowl of clean water.

Step 3: Finely chop the crab meat.

Step 4: Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a teaspoon. Then cut each half into thin strips.

Step 5: Finely chop the strips.

Step 6: Mix the crab meat and the cucumber with mayonnaise.

Step 7: Take a small clump of rice and shape it into a cylinder. The nori strip should be about half an inch wider and more than twice as long as the rice cylinder. Wash your hand in the bowl after handling the rice.

Step 8: Wrap the nori around the rice cylinder, leaving about half an inch nori strip above the rice.

Step 9: Attach the end of the nori strip to the maki with water or with rice grains. Cut off the remaining part of the strip.

Step 10: Press on the rice with your thumb to compact it and shape the maki — traditional gunkan-maki has the shape of a boat.

Step 11: Fill the gunkan-maki with the crab meat and cucumber mixture.

Step 12: Make three such pieces for one person.

Step 13: Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.

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