A Japanese culinary art form, sushi now rules the roost when it comes to experiencing an international flavor. So what is this dish all about? It is a Japanese term that refers to rice, where su and shi (from the Japanese word meshi) means vinegar and rice, respectively. Hence, contrary to the belief that these are raw fish slices, sushi is cooked vinegar rice topped with an array of ingredients like raw fish, spices, vegetables, tofu, etc., and to make the dining experience more interesting and fuss free, it is served rolled inside or around pressed layers of seaweed sheets known as nori.
There are some varieties of this dish in which the vinegared rice is the same, but it is paired with different toppings, spices, condiments, and stuffing. Although, the idea of preparing a roll seems easy, this dish goes beyond that. It is a culinary art form, that needs to be perfected with practice. But don't let that daunt you, here in this article one can find tips on how to roll them correctly, and recipes for beginners as well as for those who want to experiment with their culinary knowledge.
How to Roll
Place a nori seaweed sheet on a rolling mat and spread a layer of cooked rice. Spread the rice evenly, leaving half an inch from all the edges. Demarcate the rice equally by smearing a small amount of wasabi in a line across the middle of it. This is optional. Along the stretch of wasabi, arrange small portions of the fillings. Very gently, but firmly without spilling any rice, roll up the mat tightly to form a cylindrical shaped roll. Remove the mat from around the roll and place it on a cutting board. Moisten a sharp knife with some water and cut this roll into 1½" rounds. Your dish is ready to be served.
- Short-grain White Rice, 1 cup (uncooked)
- Salmon, ½ lb. (flaked)
- Rice Vinegar, 4 tbsp.
- White Sugar, 3 tbsp.
- Nori Seaweed, 4 (roasted sheets)
- Pickled Ginger, 2 tbsp.
- Cucumber, 1 cup (cut into thin strips)
- Avocado, 1
- Salt, to taste
With Japanese Rice
- Japanese Sushi Rice, 1 cup
- Rice Wine Vinegar, 3 tbsp.
- Nori Seaweed, 3 (roasted sheets)
- Water, 1 cup
- Avocado, ½ (pitted and sliced)
- Smoked Salmon, 4 oz. (cut into long strips)
- Wasabi Paste, 2 tbsp.
Get imaginative with the fillings and make your own recipes. Enjoy the fine art of Oriental cooking and dining.