25 January 2013

FOODIE WEEKEND - Easy and simple hand-rolled sushi

Hello, beautiful people!  Happy weekend! It's Foodie Weekend again!  Man, food always makes me feel at the top of the world.. proof are all those exclamation marks! See, another one there ;D

Once a week when we (me and Captain) take the boys out for lunch or dinner, we would normally ask where or what would they like to eat and the answer is usually "Japanese!" (if not the usual burgers or shawarma, a local delicacy here in Dubai)  So, since they like Japanese food, especially the hand rolled sushi, I figured I would give my hand a try at making one of these at home.

After much studying, research and consideration (wow, do I sound like a scientist now) I head towards the supermarket and bought myself the tool and ingredients needed and spent an afternoon messing up the kitchen and created these, my homemade, hand-rolled sushi!
Well, I have to say they are not hard to make so if you all have been following my blog a while you would understand this - if I can make these, anybody can!



HAND-ROLLED SUSHI

Ingredients (make about 40-50  pieces)
1 kg of pre-cooked Japanese rice (yup, I cheated)
1 bag of roasted seaweed sheets  
Some crab sticks
Some shredded cucumber and carrots
Bamboo sushi rolling mat
Soy sauce and wasabi for dipping


Method
First empty the pre-cooked rice in a container.  So, this is the tricky part.  Check the texture and consistency of the rice, it should  be sticky and soft, not grainy.  If it was, steam it for about 10 minutes or until you get the texture right.  The one I used was the hard grainy type so steaming did the job.


Once the rice has cooled down, place a sheet of seaweed on your rolling mat.  Spread a thin but even layer of rice leaving a cm on top and at the bottom of the sheet empty.  Since the rice is very sticky, wetting your hands with some water every now and then is highly recommended.



Then, put the filling of your choice, in my case shredded cucumber/carrots and crab sticks evenly


Now, moment of truth, the rolling.. Make sure you roll the sushi tightly, pulling in the filling as you do so.  For this to make sense I suggest watch this video 



Once you have reached the end of the rolling step, your sushi should look like this (above) a tight, firm tube.


Now using a moisten blade of knife, slice the sushi evenly.  Remember to re- moisten the knife every time.



Voila! And your sushi are ready to be served! 

Tips:

You can also place a layer of plastic cling on your bamboo mat before putting the seaweed sheet to avoid mess but I didn't.  I tried with and I ended up rolling the plastic sheet together and that was not pretty, so I decided to go without before any of us end up with indigestion of plastic wrap LOL!

You can fill up your sushi with anything you want like avocado, carrots, cucumber, crab sticks, smoked salmon.. anything!


Enjoy!

48 comments:

  1. Yum!
    I'm not much of a cook, but I can make the rolls. I put different ingredients but outcome is the same....yummy!

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    1. I think what excites me most about this dish is how pretty they look ;)

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  2. looks incredibly delicious and healthy!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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  3. I love sushi! This look delicious! :)

    Xo,
    Amor GLAMOROZA

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  4. This looks delicious! I love sushi, but I've never tried making it myself!

    ~Jacy

    www.laviedelenore.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks so yummy!!!
    Xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  6. I just love Japanese food and your sushi looks delicious, congratulations lol...dear you have a new follower, kisses!

    rebeca-mello.blogspot.com

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  7. yum yum

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  8. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to make it.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post 'Gingham Peplum'. I would love to hear what you think of it.

    Have a great weekend!:)

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  9. yay to Foodie Weekend....glad it's back Mrs. C!! You know what, I'm just a recent sushi convert so I would like to give this a try!!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  10. omg this looks so good
    but everytime I roll it, the fillings end up on one side and not in the center. lol

    Stylejourneys

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  11. Btw, I m your newest follower on Bloglovin :)


    Stylejourneys

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  12. ohhh i want to try these! looks so so so good!

    Kristin
    xxx

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  13. Awesome post, I recently jumped on the homemade sushi bandwagon and I'm hooked!!! So easy, fun and delicious (and so much less expensive to make it yourself and you can put in exactly what you want...win win :) !!!) Such a kind comment as always, thank you. Hope you have a great weekend :)

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    1. Yes, I like the 'put whatever you like' bit.. if only the Japanese saw what we stuff inside these sushi.. ;D

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  14. I love sushi! My mom makes sushi all the time maybe I should try too.

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

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  15. PHoarrr! That sushi looks delicious, and it's lovely to see such a simply recipe for it :)

    Beautiful photos too, you have made it so easy to follow :)

    Take care love, and thanks for sharing. Amazing to read the lives of people living out in Dubai!

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  16. Those look fantastic, you did a great job! My mom used to roll her own sushi but I never learned. I need to try!

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  17. this looks delicious! Im a super big fan of sushi! lovely post dear!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  18. Ohhh delicius !!!! Lovely sushi !
    I'm following you now.


    Kisses


    http://www.thetrendysurf.com/

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  19. I must say Japanese food are really yummy and healthy (depending on what you stuff in there). Your pictures are making me really hungry now =D

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  20. oh wow! I'll try this on out! ^_^

    Started following your fabulous blog! Hope you drop by my site and follow me too... ^_^

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  21. I follow you now on blog and facebook :)

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  22. You make it look so easy, I love sushi.


    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  23. Wauw... It looks so easy! :)
    I love sushi, went to a sushi restaurant last friday.. It was delicious!!

    Nice blog!

    http://dailylifeee.blogspot.nl/

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  24. This is genius. Why have I never made sushi myself.

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  25. That looks amazing, and pretty easy! Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely have to try that!!

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  26. Looove sushi! I make it myself too :-))
    xx

    www.amadeusonthecatwalk.com

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  27. I have the same feeling about food. :) I really love sushi so much and this looks so delicious!!!

    Kisses, Lucy :)
    stylewithoutlimits.blogspot.cz

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  28. HUMMM!! Lov sushi.Going to try ...We are following you now hope u follow us back. Kisses

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  29. Wow, these look soooo good! You are so talented in the kitchen and you make this look so easy! I just might have to try this!

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  30. Such a cool post here! And I'm happy to read you've found those shoes, I hope to see them on you soon =)
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  31. WOW these look sooo yummy, can you make me some too??! LOL

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  32. i desperately need to learn how to do this, i LOVE sushi!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  33. this looks so delicious! Sushi is the absolute best!

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  34. looks store bought!! every cut is perfect!

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  35. Mmmmm, totally craving sushi now! Your rolls are so pretty.. mine always look messy after cutting them!

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  36. I've always wanted to do this, it looks like you're an expert! I'm sure the schwarma is delicious in Dubai too :)

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  37. i would totally cheat too, so making Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  38. These rolls look delicious! I tried to make these once and let's just say my rolling technique left something to be desired. :P My favorite are spicy ahi tuna rolls... I could eat them any time of the day!

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  39. OMG I love sushi, this looks soooo delicious!!

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  40. Looks delish! You make it look easy. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate your prayers my friend :)

    Sylvia
    www.sylvialovespink.com

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  41. Delicious ! I tried to make Maki but the result was very bad !! :)

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