Roll-your-own sushi

Roll-your-own sushi

Temaki sushi

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Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

Japanese food is appreciated for its wonderful combinations of flavours and textures as well as its appealing presentation. The presentation of this dish involves the guest as well as the cook. ‘Te’ means hand, ‘maki’ means roll. The fish options listed here are all good fish to eat raw. However, be sure to tell the fishmonger that you will be using the fish for sushi so that they can recommend the freshest of the day. You may like to experiment with a little bit of mayonnaise or fish roe. Instead of raw fish, smoked salmon or finely sliced roast chicken or beef can be substituted.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 boned fish fillets
3 eggs
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon water
1/2 packets seaweed
1 avocado, cut into fine slices
1 lebanese cucumber, deseeded and finely sliced
wasabi paste

Sushi Rice

Quantity Ingredient
2 cups short-grain rice
4 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar, slightly warmed
pinch salt
75g sugar

Method

  1. Slice fish with a very sharp knife into 1 cm thick pieces and place on a flat dish.
  2. Beat the eggs with mirin and water. Heat a small frying pan, 20 cm in diameter, until very hot. Pour in the egg mixture, lower the heat and cook until the omelette is firm. When cool, cut into thick pieces.
  3. To make the sushi rice, combine the rice and water in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Mix the vinegar, salt and sugar and pour over the hot rice. When mixing the rice, use a rice spatula. Try to fan rice while mixing, as this creates a glaze and prevents gooeyness.
  4. To assemble, divide a sheet of seaweed into quarters. Place a small amount of rice onto a piece of seaweed, covering half the area. On top of the rice place a piece of fish or omelette, avocado slice and cucumber slice. Dab a little wasabi onto the rice and then carefully roll the seaweed into a cone. (It should not contain too many ingredients or it will break.)
  5. Temaki sushi is best eaten immediately.
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