Sushi!

by Michelle on March 21, 2011

Well I finally did it, I made Sushi! And it was so easy, I don’t know why I’ve never made it before. Every few months Mr. Tastebuds and I make a trip to Mitsuwa Market which is a huge Asian grocery store. I love going there because 90% of the time, I have no idea what I am buying because all the labels are in Japanese, Korean or Chinese and I can’t even take a guess beyond bags of rice or soy sauce, although with about 50 varieties of Soy Sauce even that’s a crap shoot.

I happened to wander over to the fresh fish bins and they had small trays of bits and pieces of fresh fish for sushi and they ranged in price from $3.50-$7. Although we didn’t know what we were buying besides the salmon with its telltale orange color, we picked a tray with a nice variety for $4. Then I bought a bag of Sushi Rice and we were all set. So that night I made Sushi for the first time and it was wonderful! My photos came out so gorgeous I had a hard time picking which ones I thought were the best. So hold on for the Sushi ride!!

And the plate of sushi was so gorgeous, I didn’t even need to garnish! Me not garnishing a dish is a first!

Two weeks later and for my birthday, we again went to Mitsuwa but this time we actually bought fresh fish which was all labeled but this time we spent $59!! We bought salmon, yellowfin tuna, octopus, red snapper, yellowtail, seared bonito and grilled seasoned eel. But it was my birthday and this was my birthday dinner, even if I had to make it! But now at least we knew what kind of fish we were eating! LOL! But we had enough fish for two dinners and I think I’ve had my fill of sushi for at least 3-4 months!

I did take the cheaters way out and cut cross sections of fish rather then the long, delicately thin slices that true itamae (Sushi Chefs) are known for. But it tastes the same and not wanting to loose the tips of my fingers, I just created my own sashimi style. Also I did not have the bamboo sushi serving plate called a geta but I found these wonderful vintage pressed glass appetizer trays at Goodwill for $.99 each and they worked out perfectly and they were even sectioned for dipping sauce and pickled ginger! Sushi is definitely going into my Call-it-Dinner Category for quick, delicious dinner ready in 30 minutes or less.

Sushi Rice
Recipe courtesy of my friend Wendy

3 cups Sushi Rice
3 cups plus 3 TBL water (ratio: 1 cup sushi rice to 1 cup + 1 TBL water)
1/3 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2 TBL sugar
1 tsp salt

Other Supplies to form the rice logs:
Water and I wore surgical gloves to form the rice logs.

To Make the Rice:
1. Rinse rice under cold running water until water runs clear. I had to rinse the rice 3 times before the water was clear.
2. In a sauce pan add water and rice. Stir once to loosen up rice.
3. Over medium heat bring water/rice to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and put the lid on the pot.
4. Simmer rice until all liquid has evaporated. Turn off burner and with the lid on the pot, let the rice cool for about 5 minutes.
5. While the rice is simmering in a small sauce pan, heat Rice Vinegar, sugar and salt, stirring just until sugar and salt has dissolved. Set aside.
5. Generally sushi rice scorches to a light brown on the sides and bottom of the pan. It’s best to use a wooden spoon to scoop out the rice, careful to not scrape the bottom or sides of the pan. Place rice in a bowl.
6. While the rice is still warm, pour vinegar mixture over rice and carefully blend, careful to not break up the rice grains.

To Form the Rice logs:
Sushi Rice is very sticky and impossible to work with unless you keep your hands wet. But I wore surgical gloves and keep the gloves wet and found it very easy to form the rice log. Just take between 1/4-1/2 cup rice in the palm of your hand. Form the rice into a 2″ by 3/4″ rectangle. Make sure that you really condense the rice so that it packs together tightly to avoid falling a part when picked up with chopsticks or fingers. There’s nothing worse then picking up a gorgeous salmon sushi and have it fall a part before it reaches your mouth!! This takes some practice but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

I did make 3 unique Sushi Dipping Sauces with what I had on hand at the time. No rhyme nor reason to any combination, I just had the ingredients in my pantry and mixed this with that and adjusted the taste until I liked it.

Sushi Dipping Sauce #1
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1/4 cup Light Soy Sauce
1 TBL Hoisin Sauce
1/4 cup Plum Wine

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan and gently heat until thoroughly blended. Set aside to cool.

Sushi Dipping Sauce #2
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Mirin
2 TBL Otafuku Okonomi Sauce (I love Otafuku Okonomi Sauce!)

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan and gently heat until just warm and thoroughly blended. Set aside to cool.

Sushi Dipping Sauce #3
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1/4 cup Light Soy Sauce
1 tsp fresh ginger, shaved
1/2 tsp garlic, minced very finely
Brown Sugar to taste (I used 3 tsp brown sugar)

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan and gently heat until just warm and sugar has fully dissolved. Set aside to cool. Strain and discard any solids.

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Comments

  • Feast on the Cheap March 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Love sushi and LOVE those dipping sauces, I’m so impressed!

  • Gerard Iribe March 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I want this for breakfast!

  • patsy March 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Gorgeous! We have done maki rolls at home – my husband is really good at them… but, haven’t tried this type at home yet. Your sushi looks amazing!

  • Kathy - Panini Happy March 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

    How fun! I’ve only tried making sushi twice – once I spiced everyone out with waaaay too much wasabi (oops!) and another time I hosted a sushi party with a friend and spent waaaaay too much $$$. Both times were an absolute blast, you’re making me want to give it a try again.

  • Sheila Mitchell March 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    O M G ! we have been wanting to make this, but have NO idea! AND of course you make it look simple! Love me some spicy tuna!! I’m soooo jealous, Great Job!

  • Delishhh March 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Very nice work!

  • Lola April 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Love Sushi …..I passed this link to a friend who can really make Sushi, and with the clear pictures it will make it so easy to ensure he is doing it correct!!!! (((smile)))

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