Sunday, August 17, 2008

Novice Sushi 101 for Vegetarians

TCV's no expert, but I have rolled my fair share of sushi. It's really easier than you'd think. The main ingredient is patience. Besides that, you will need some specialty ingredients and tools to do it properly. You will find most or all of these things at your local Asian market. 

Toasted nori: This is the seaweed in which you wrap & roll your rice & veggies.
Sushi rice: This is a high-starch rice that is sticky. Without it your rolls will be a disaster.
Wasabi: This is the green paste you love to hate. It is delicious, but it burns.
Sushi mat: Tiny sticks of bamboo tied together. This you will use to get a tight roll.

Then decide on the veggies you want inside the roll. I like sprouts, carrots, chives, fresh herbs, avocado, cucumbers, & mushrooms. I also like to add a bit of cream cheese to one or two, because it is delicious that way. I marinate the portobello cap in soy sauce and ginger, then grill it in a pan with some sesame oil. Then I slice the cucumber, carrot, mushroom, & avocado into long thin matchsticks. Now you are ready to get started.

Lay one piece of toasted nori onto your sushi mat and cover with a thin layer of cooked and cooled sushi rice. Allow a 3/4-inch margin at the top & bottom of the nori. Decide on three or four of the ingredients that are in front of you, and add them to your roll. I think that chives, cucumbers and mushrooms are a delicious combo. Place each ingredient down end-to-end in the center of the rice bed. Add a tiny bit of wasabi paste down the length of the nori. Put a tiny bit of water on the tip of your finger and swipe it across the top margin of the nori. Start rolling at the bottom as tightly as you can without damaging the roll. Press the damp end of the nori onto the outside of the roll. Use the sushi mat to tighten-up your roll by lapping one end of the mat over the roll and pulling the other end of the mat tight. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into six or seven equal lengths. Garnish with paprika or sesame seeds and enjoy. You just made your first sushi roll. That wasn't so hard, now was it?


VeganCowGirl said...

Looks great! I am a HUGE fan of favourite by far is avocado and sweet potato. I have to admit that Brussels SUCKS for I binge when I go home to Toronto..or like yesterday in London. I must say though, your 'beginner' sushi kicks butt on presentation when compared to the dinner we had last night (it was good, but didn't look half as 'food pornish' yum yum!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Oooohhh... we just had the most beautiful sushi a couple nights ago - not homemade because I'm a klutz with anything rolled-like, I was just getting ready to post about it...but your post reminded me of the stuff we had, so colorful and professionally presented and downright YUMMY looking!!

Anonymous said...

I love vegetarian sushi. I think I will have to make some next week. It is so delicious. The sushi you made is beautiful. Hope you have a terrific week.