Candy loves sushi! Loves it!
No one else in our family is too keen on it, so she rarely gets to eat it. A friend of mine offered to come and give us a lesson on how she makes her version of sushi. And she was so cute, she went all out and came dressed up in Japanese-style clothing and brought along cute chopsticks and Japanese-themed decorations…she even bought the girls their very own sushi mats!
This is the recipe we used (which is from a friend of a friend):
Rinse your rice well, until the water runs clear. Then put your rice in the pot of water, bring to boil and then simmer the rice for about 10-12 minutes with the lid on, you’ll need to keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat and stand covered for 10 minutes so that all the liquid absorbs. Then stir through the rice vinegar substitute (recipe below) and allow to cool.
Rice vinegar substitute:
1 teaspoon citric acid
3 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup warm water
Of course you can use rice vinegar, but this is easy if you don’t have any.
My friend likes to line her sushi mat with cling film so that the rice doesn’t get stuck in the bamboo.
Now for the fun part…I always thought this part would be trickier than it was. It really was quite simple once you got the hang of it and when we didn’t overfill our sushi.
Place a nori sheet on your bamboo mat and press down some rice onto it, and then add your other ingredients and roll up your sushi. Oh, and make sure to dip your hands in some water to prevent the rice sticking to them. You also need to make sure you don’t overfill your sushi. Some of the fillings we used were: carrots, cucumber, tuna, avocado and chicken. Carefully roll up your sushi using the mat. Once they are all made, refrigerate them so they can firm up before you cut them.
This recipe makes quite a few, I would probably halve the quantities for our family
We all had a great time learning to make sushi. Some of us have even discovered a love for sushi that we never knew existed.
We still haven’t attempted to make some on our own, but we will soon.