The heart of sushi is the rice. Without rice there would not be sushi. The very word “sushi” means “vinegared rice.” There are a number of important factors to successful, delicious sushi rice. First, you must use white, short or medium grain rice which will give a soft, sticky consistency. Secondly, you must use a rice cooker. An electric rice cooker is essential for perfect, no-fail rice for sushi.