Roll your own: Making homemade sushi
There is something undoubtedly mysterious about the art of sushi.
Sushi commonly involves several components and there's usually a process to eating it. Plus, in most restaurants the delicate little pieces are so artfully arranged and properly placed you almost feel wrong slathering them in soy sauce and mashing them up in your mouth.
After that first bite, however, you quickly realize that although the intricate Japanese rice concoctions are nice to look at, they were in fact diligently crafted do nothing but please your palate.
Sushi is a delicious, healthy and fun way to dine, and it definitely doesn't require a professional chef. Rolling your own sushi maki rolls is actually quite simple -- once you get the hang of it -- and is a great idea for group dinners and parties.
It used to be that you had to go to an ethnically authentic grocery store like Asian Mart, 1125 N. Old World 3rd St., to get all the necessary supplies, but recently more and more commercial food suppliers like Pick 'n Save's Metro Market, 1123 N. Van Buren St., have stocked their shelves with just about all your sushi rolling needs. Note: It's still cheaper to buy in bulk from Asian Mart than it is to purchase pre-packaged goods from Pick 'n Save.
Here's what you'll need:
Accessories & supplies:
Bamboo rolling mats
Bamboo sushi press (Optional)
Several small dipping saucers
Lots of chopping space
Sushi or Basmati rice (Don't use long-grain rice)
Rice or sushi vinegar
Nori (Dry, flat seaweed wrappers)
Soy / tamari sauce
Wasabi powder / prepared wasabi (Hot Japanese horse radish)
Popular maki filling:
Shitake mushroom (Sauté first)
Additional filling ideas:
Toasted sesame seeds
Hot chili sauce
Cream cheese or seasoned mayo
Appetizers & sides:
Edamame (Frozen is just as good and is cheaper)
Miso soup (You can find powdered packets for $1 at the grocery store or you can make it yourself by following the recipe below.*)
Seaweed salad (Pick 'n Save sells it pre-made in its sushi deli case)
Sake (Downer Wine & Spirits has a nice selection)
Japanese beer (Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo are good options)
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