13 September 2009

Sushi, Anyone?

Zoë loves sushi. She just pops them in her mouth, piece after piece. So I took a sushi-making class this week and learned how to make sushi myself.

I didn’t realize that it was so easy… and so much fun. I thought I’d share. The class was for hand rolls, nigirizushi, (sushi rice with some topping draped over it), makizushi (rolled sushi), rice balls, tamago, and miso soup. The instructions below are for making makizushi., the more traditional rolled sushi that you see everywhere.
The ingredients:
Nori (seaweed)

For sushi rice
Pearl rice

White vinegar

For the fillings - You don’t have to have all; just pick and choose what you like.
Crab sticks
mango -cropped
Japanese pickled radish
Fish roe
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Sashimi (salmon, fatty tuna, kingfish, lemon fish, tiger prawns, etc.)
Smoked salmon
Unagi (eel)
Wasabi and mayonnaise (optional, but highly recommended).
Other things that you will need:
A sushi mat
Cling wrap to wrap around the sushi mat (optional). This is so that it’s easier to clean the mat afterwards, without the rice sticking in between the slats.DSC02994
A wet towel
A bowl of water in which to dip your fingers

Okay, to make the rice:
  1. Use about 1.25 cups of water to every cup of rice. Each cup of rice makes about two rolls of sushi.
  2. Cook the rice. Once the rice is cooked, leave in the rice cooker for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  3. Take out the rice and put into a big wooden bowl --preferably; although glass or plastic will do as well.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar to every cup of cooked rice. Gently mix/fold.
  • Allow the rice to cool to room temperature. To hasten the cooling process, you can keep on gently folding the rice, while standing in front of a fan. Or if you want to just leave it to cool by itself, please make sure that you throw a wet towel to cover so that it doesn’t get too dry.
Once the rice is ready, the fun part begins!

Put a sheet of seaweed on your sushi mat.
  • Scoop a layer of rice onto the seaweed, leaving about an inch off the top and bottom edges.
  • Dip your fingers into the bowl of water so that the rice will not stick and then even out the rice with your fingers, gently tamping down.

  • Now you lay out the fillings cross-wise on the rice. You can put as little or as much as you want. Just remember that how much you put in will affect how big your sushi roll will get.
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  • You can choose to add a dollop of wasabi/mayonnaise before (or after) you add the fillings. I was a bit skeptical about the taste of this, but was pleasantly surprised at how yummy it was! Using the mayo in the sushi rolls is optional, but it does add to the overall yumminess and prevents the sushi from being a bit too dry.
DSC02992Time to roll! Two thumbs under the mat, start rolling the mat, using the other four fingers of both hands to hold the rice/fillings in place as you gently push and roll the mat, until your sheet of rice is all nicely rolled up all the way around. You give it a hard squeeze all around before easing the mat off.

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Et voila!
You then use a sharp knife (a bread knife works great!) to cut up the roll into bite-size pieces.

What we had for lunch today, ta-da!
plateful of sushi
I had some extra strips of mango and salmon sashimi left over, so I just added them on top. I attempted to make a version of the California roll (the ones with the seaweed on the inside and the rice/fish roe on the outside) and bungled it. You can see that the roll did not come out evenly. I had a hard time getting the fish roe to coat the roll evenly and then an even harder time cutting up the roll into bite-size pieces without dislodging the roe too much. I’ll need to practice some more.

The kids got theirs served on a special sushi platter that I found at a Japanese store. It would have been a nice touch if I had one of those fake green leaves to serve as a mat under the sushi.
sushi rolls
Now, sake anyone?


blueviolet said...

That was really interesting! My daughter has a sushi kit and loves to make it at home with her boyfriend.

Yours sure came out pretty. I hope it tasted delicious!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Very cool... I'm not a big sushi fan, but the husband and Tongginator are. Thanks for the tutorial.

LPC said...

Mmm. Can I have a hamachi roll please? With roe? Lots of wasabi? My kids would eat vegetarian sushi when they were little. It's still a great let's go out to dinner for my son and me.

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

yummm... it's amazing how your little princess eats sushi

Yelena R. said...

That looks sooo delicious! My mom and I make sushi all the time, but we usually stick with crab and smoked salmon, we don't use any other fish. Thanks for sharing the bit about mayo!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I make sushi quite a bit but have never used mango. I'll have to give that a try! I like the wasabi a bit stronger so I put a little on the side of my plate to dip.

I saw the cutest sushi leaf plates at World Market yesterday!

I think I've got dinner planned out for today!

Veronica Lee said...

I've never tried mango with sushi.
You are one great cook, buckeroomama, judging by all the yummy recipes you've been posting.

Lindy said...

What perfect timing! I saw sushi rice in the store the other day and thought I should give it a try since my husband and SS LOVE it.

I'll be back to this post for reference FOR SURE!

golonghorns said...

How funny I have sushi rice and a mat and still haven't tried this. I was just thinking about that last night and now here is my motivation to try. If I mess up, I'm sure it would still taste good! I'm the only one who eats sushi in my house. Your rolls look very good and the mango is something I hadn't thought of!

ModernMom said...

My girls love California rolls (vegi style) I wonder if I could sneak a wee bit of crab in if I did it myself? Thanks for the lesson...it was really wonderfully done!!

Helene said...

I had NOOOOOO idea it was that easy!!! My daughter and I love sushi...like, seriously, we could both eat it every single day and never tire of it. Someone gave us a sushi set as a wedding gift and can you believe I have never unwrapped it because honestly I had no clue how to make sushi!!!

I'm so gonna try this!!! Did you just buy your raw fish at the grocery store or at a special store?

Elle Bee said...

I don't care for sushi (I know, a total sin) but your photos make it look so apetizing! I think I might like it if you made it for me!

SushiTail said...

The step-by-step recipe with pictures is very helpful. Beautiful presentation! I love the the 3D sushi rolls. I've never seen rolls like that.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Thank you so much for this. Helene sent me over! Can you buy Unagi at the grocery store? It's my fave.

Shal said...

Yummm. Where did you take your sushi classes in HK? I'd love to do something like this with my brother, he LOVES sushi!

Buckeroomama said...

@Shal: I signed up for a class at the YWCA in Central. You should check out Towngas Cooking Centre. They might have sushi classes, too. :)

jen@odbt said...

You make it look so easy. Now I'm craving sushi :)

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