My little girl has been a sushi fan since she was two. As a parent, I had my concerns since it contains ‘raw fish’ until good sense prevailed and I finally decided to check with her doctor one day. Her doctor-in his typical, oh-so-matter-of-fact manner dismissed my seemingly, BIG concern with a statement as simple as this – ‘Children in Japan grow up eating sushi!’. Once the words were out of the horse’s mouth, I reasoned, and reminded myself to chill.
So anyway, taking her love for sushi to another level altogether, I decided to enroll her for a Sushi Masterclass. The class was conveniently scheduled after school hours so there I was with my tot in tow, ready to learn the art of making sushi with a couple of life lessons thrown in as well 🙂
The class was a mix of adults and children of varying age-groups huddled together, guided by a group of 4 chefs. The table on the center had a couple of ingredients on it – several sheets of Yaki Nori (dried seaweed), a big bowl of sushi rice seasoned with sushi vinegar, a plate of vegetables including cucumber and avocado and another plate containing crab-sticks. Once the participants were armed with their aprons and gloves, the chef’s began with a brief introduction on the origination of Sushi. This was followed by an actual demo of how to make the perfect sushi roll in a few, simple steps while the others heard, watched and followed suit.
For all those who wish to make fresh, delicious and deceptively simple sushi rolls at home, I will try and replicate the procedure as close to the original as possible.
- Place the nori on a bamboo mat with the rough side of the sheet facing upwards. Wet your hands and take a clump of rice. Start by spreading the rice on the nori such that the entire sheet has been covered evenly. Leave about an inch of nori without rice at the top.
- Place your chosen ingredients in the middle of the rice. It could be only vegetables or a combination of vegetables and crabstick, depending on your preference.
- Roll the mat upwards while the nori sheet is tucked under . Apply pressure with your index finger until a cylinder is formed out of the sheet.
- Take the roll out of the mat and place it on a chopping board. With the help of a knife that has been moistened with water, cut the roll into even-sized pieces.
It was an enjoyable evening, no doubt. By the end of it, we knew how to make our very own yummy, Japanese rolls. What we did not sign up for but also learnt in the process was the importance of spending time with children, the art of communication, cleanliness and innovation.
To know more on the health benefits of eating sushi, watch out for my next post Wassup…B?
Note: The master class was conducted by Sumo Sushi & Bento, Dubai at their outlet in Town Centre, Jumeirah 1. All views and opinions expressed in this post are sincerely my own.