Thursday, January 1, 2009
Once barely known outside Japan, these tasty rolls of flavored rice and paper-thin seaweed have become very popular, partly due to the proliferation of Sushi Bars that have sprung up in many major cities. Recipe serves 4-6.
For the Tuna Sushi:
2-3 baby carrots, blanched
3 sheets nori (paper-thin seaweed), cut in half
4 ounces (125 g) fresh tuna fillet, cut into fingers
1 teaspoon thin wasabi paste (Japanese horseradish mustard)
For the Salmon Sushi:
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons butter
3 sheets nori
5 ounces (155 g) fresh salmon fillet, cut into fingers
1/2 small cucumber, cut into strips
1 teaspoon thin wasabi paste
For the Sushi Rice:
4 cups sushi rice, rinsed
2 3/4 cups water
For the Sushi Dressing:
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sliced pickled ginger, cut in strips
Wasabi paste, thinned with water
Japanese sushi soy sauce
1. Place the rice in a heavy pan and add 2 3/4 cups water or according to the instructions on the packet. Bring to the boil, cover tightly and cook over a very low heat for 15 minutes. Increase the heat to high for 10 seconds, then remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, blend together the rice vinegar, sugar and salt.
2. Stir the sushi dressing into the rice, then cover with a damp cloth and cool. Do not put in the fridge as this will make the rice go hard.
3. To make the tuna sushi, cut the carrots into thin strips. Cut one nori sheet in half and lay one half, shiny side down, on a bamboo rolling mat. Lay strips of tuna across the length of the nori and spread with a little wasabi. Place a line of carrots next to the tuna and, using the mat as a guide, roll up tightly. Repeat with the other half of nori. Set aside any extra tuna or carrot.
4. Place a square of greaseproof paper on the bamboo mat and spread with a little of the cooked sushi rice, leaving a 1/2 inch (1 cm) edge at the top and bottom.
5. Place the tuna-filled nori roll on top, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge of the rice, and roll up, using the paper as a guide (and making sure it doesn't get rolled up with the rice). Wrap the roll in greaseproof paper and chill for about 10 minutes. Make another sushi roll using the other tuna-filled nori roll.
6. To make the salmon sushi, beat together the eggs with 2 tablespoons water and the sugar and salt. Melt about one-third of the butter in a small frying pan and add one-third of the egg mixture to make an omelet. Repeat until you have three small omelets.
7. Place a nori sheet, shiny side down, on a bamboo rolling mat, cover with an omelet and spread with sushi rice, leaving a 1/2 inch (1 cm) edge at the top and bottom. Lay strips of salmon across the width and lay cucumber strips next to the salmon. Roll the nori around the filling. Wrap in clear film and chill for 10 minutes. Repeat to make three rolls.
8. When the rolls are cool, remove the greaseproof paper and clear film. Using a wet knife, cut the rolls into six slices. Serve with pickled ginger, wasabi and Japanese sushi soy sauce.