2008/11/28

Sushi rolls 寿司卷

Sushi, sushi rolls, homemade sushi, Food For Tots

I always love to admire those beautiful sushi rolls posted by other food bloggers but have never attempt to make it myself. Until recently, when my son started to crave for Japanese food especially sushi, I decided to give it a try. It took me quite a while to learn the theory before proceeding to the practical”. As compared to baking, the risk of “disaster” is definitely lesser. No matter what disaster you face, you will still manage to “salvage” all the ingredients.

For this posting, instead of writing in details, I am going to share with you all the relevant links I had used before so that you will not miss any great tips from the original source. Below is a simple guide for you to go through these links.



Prior to making sushi, these are “the theories” I learnt:
a) Watch online sushi-making video. (You can find many at Youtube)
b) Register for an online free course at About.com (Sushi Lessons for Beginner).
c) Shop for ingredients.

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Basic ingredients:
Japanese rice (short grain)
Sushi vinegar or DIY (refer to step 2)
Sushi rolling mat or DIY mat (refer here )
Clip wrap (to wrap the mat)
Roasted seaweeds
Fillings (based on personal preference: Japanese omelets (tamago), crabstick, prawn, salmon, fish, unagi, Japanese cucumber, avocado, carrot, green onion, lettuce)
Dressing: mayonnaise or wasabi (optional)
Sharp knife

Methods:
1) Cook Japanese rice (refer here). I personal prefer to use konbu dashi during cooking as it adds flavour to the rice
(For konbu dashi, refer here)
2) Prepare sushi rice (refer here)
3) Prepare all basic ingredients and fillings (refer to pic below)
4) Making your Japanese sushi rolls (refer here and here)
5) Enjoy!

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Fillings I used: crabsticks, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), avocado, cucumber & mayo

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A close up of tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) and crabsticks

In summary, these are the most useful sites for beginner like me:
~ Sushi making
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果味山的小湯匙 - 酪梨蝦生菜壽司
~ About.com - Introduction to sushi

Other variations of rice rolls:
~Special egg rolls with rice, salmon & spinach
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Not my usual lunch
~
小小米桶的寿司类

24 comments:

mycookinghut said...

You sushi rolls look really nice, neat and yummy!!! I still have to perfect my skill to roll sushi. :) Now, I wish I could dash into the kitchen, squeeze some wasabi, pour some soya sauce, mix it... then take these sushi rolls, dip in the sauce and put them in my mouth :)

Tastes of Home said...

looks great! I love making sushi at home too, very fun!

Katie said...

How cool! I've never tried to make my own sushi before.

tigerfish said...

They look lovely! I would make a mess out of everything. I remember the last time I made sushi, the whole table was so untidy! Yours looks neat.

Pearl said...

your pictures look great! i love using the rolling mat :)

Food For Tots said...

Hi mycookinghut,
So funny! HAHAHA! You have a great sense of humour!

Hi tastes of home,
Your sushi is one of my favourite too!

Hi katie,
I am sure you will have great fun. If you like sushi, give it a try.

Hi tigerfish,
I also encountered this prob on my first few attempts. So now I try to keep my fillings simple and standby 2 extra clean cloths. Thanks to my hubby for doing all the washing-up. Otherwise, it will be quite messy for me to take photos.

Hi pearly,
Tks for your compliment!

MyF said...

U did a great job on those sushi rolls they look perfect! Sushis are good to eat sometimes... and they're easy to make too once you give it a try!
Thanks for your comments - fyi I solved my wedding gown misery yesterday - bought materials and next wek, will tailor make a bekaya-cheongsam! :-) Headaches away!

Elinluv said...

Your sushi looks nice. I have still not venture into this sushi making yet though I have been dying to try it one day. I love sushi and hope one day to master the art of making it. Thanks for all the links to sushi making for beginners :) Btw you have a nice blog!

Cheers,
Elin

Sophie said...

That's so great that your son was asking for Japanese food! These look fresh and delicious :)! The photos are amazing!

Dora said...

Ready for picnic? ;p

New Kid on the Blog said...

does your kiddo eat sushi??? my niece dont seems to be adventure in food. :(

Food For Tots said...

Hi MyF,
Tks for your comments too! Glad to know that ur "headache" is gone! Wishing you have a wonderful and joyous wedding celebration! Also congrats on your new "pangkat" - MRS. ;)

Hi Elinluv,
Tks for your compliments! Looking at your blog, I believe you can master the skill easily. Looking forward to see ur "sushi rolls" posting soon!

Hi Sophie,
Tks for your comments!

Hi Dora,
Hahaha! Wrong guess! They were the leftover from our dinner. I packed them up for our lunch tomorrow.

Hi New Kid on the Blog,
Yes, he luv sushi. All the recipes in the blog are well-accepted by my son. Some are even his favourite. If u r persistent, determine & creative, all kids can be trained. Of course, the older, the tougher.

gaga said...

Your sushi looks great. Isn't it fun to make your own? Plus you can put in whatever ingredients you want!

white on rice couple said...

I've always admired those sushi rolls too and now you're I admire as well! Wow, those look beautiful! Your son is SO LUCKY!

Selba said...

You can make sushi rolls? That's so great... I love eating sushi rolls but don't dare to try to make it by myself. Oh my... I want to try your sushi rolls!!! Looks so yummy... *drools*

noobcook said...

It looks fantastic!! I have been making sushi these few weeks but I'm still in training hehe ... yours look very professional

shavedicesundays said...

What a beautiful presentation! You did an awesome job for a first timer. My kids love rolls because it gives them an opportunity to eat with their fingers and not be yelled at.

ck lam said...

You make it look so easy making those sushi rolls. Its a good introduction to newbies especially me :)

Pam said...

Your sushi looks great - excellent photos.

Food For Tots said...

Hi gaga,
Tks for dropping by and ur comments. Your homemade sushi rolls looks neat and delicious!

Hi white on rice couple,
Tks for dropping by. I think my hubby is luckier as he saves a lot with these homemade sushi rolls. Hehehe! Your spring rolls looks neat and tasty. I am so envy!;)

Hi selba,
Everything is "IMPOSSIBLE" (I am possibe)when I have kid. Hehehe!

Hi noobcook,
Tks for your compliment. Still a long way to achieve the prof std.

Hi shavedicesundays,
Tks for your compliment. Agreed with u, all kids luv finger foods.

Hi cklam,
Tks. Any chance to try your homecooked food? Hehehe!

Hi pam,
Tks!!!!

ICook4Fun said...

I just love the color of your Sushi. There are just perfect!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

Can I have some please? Lovely...

anudivya said...

SO pretty! I love the colors... I have made sushi twice in my life, and like it a lot.

Food For Tots said...

Hi ICook4Fun,
Tks for your compliment!

Hi Bits of Life 'n' Taste,
How many do u want? I will make some special inside-out California rolls for u next time. Hehehe!

Hi Anudivya,
Tks for your comments. The more u make, the more u will fall for it. ;)