October 21, 2010

Sushi for Beginners!

If the idea of eating raw food sent shivers down your spine but at the same time you're intrigued because you've read that the Japanese famously have a long and healthy life, I would suggest you go with sushi first.  Be warned, though - go slow with that innocent looking green paste made from horseradish called wasabi, lest you would be gasping for air and fear if you'd be able to breathe normally ever again.  But then, a little adventure in the pursuit of longevity does make for a cheap thrill, don't you think? Ha.   

Now, don't get me wrong.  I'm not suggesting eating sushis would certainly prolong your life.  It's just that you've got to give this famous food a try some day, if you haven't.  I adore sushi because of the wide variety and it is so easy and fast to make.  The freshness of the ingredients and the delicate flavour of the seaweed wrap make for a blissful indulgence.  Oishi!  As for wasabi, you can buy them ready made from the supermarkets.  Because I don't consume alcohol and the commercial sushis are often made with sake (Japanese wine), I quickly learnt to make my own sushis.  If you don't already own a rice cooker, get one. It's one of the best kitchen inventions you would treasure.

The full set of ingredients and utensils I used to make sushi.
You decide what fillings you want but be sure you can roll them with the rice!

As sushi's variety is wide ranging and limited only by one's creativity, I'm going to reveal the ingredients and preparation differently from my other recipes - via my favourite sushi making video.  You decide what you want to put into your sushi - I like mine with salmon, crab stick, egg omelette along with avocado and cucumber.  Pay attention to how the rice is cooked and the sushi rolling technique.  It's foolproof.  Have fun!

Fearlessly Simple & Home Cooked


  1. Never tried making sushi only because I seriously doubt if my kids will eat it. :( But this looks good...

  2. I would say it's an acquired taste. make them in tiny sizes with yummy fillings like crab mayonnaise and get the kids involved. they'll take to it like a duck to water ;)