A few weeks ago, we decided to have a Saturday Sushi Night! We were four and it took us three hours to prepare our feast, but it was definitely worth it. Here are some tips to help you throw a sushi party with friends!
The Sushi Rice
I’ve tried many sushi rice recipes but this recipe from Kimiko Barber and Hiroki Takemura‘s book is the best one!
Sushi Rice Preparation (1h30)
For 8 sushi rolls, you will need :
- 600 g of Japanese rice
- 660 ml of water
- 8 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
- 4 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Salt
- Your “center” ingredients, we tried Avocado, Mango, Cream Cheese, Fresh Tuna, Fresh Salmon, Green Onions, Carrots, Green Apples, and Cucumbers
Step 1. Rinse the rice in a strainer or colander until the water runs clear. Then, let the rice sit for 30 minutes.
Step 2. Place the rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Don’t lift the cover and let the rice boil for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 3. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
Step 4. In a separate saucepan, mix Vinegar, Salt and Sugar and cook until the Sugar has melted.
Step 5. Place the rice flatly in a sushi oke adding some of the Vinegar-Salt-Sugar mixture every time you add rice. Be sure that the rice is shiny and that it has cooled to room temperature.
Once we finished preparing the rice, we made a couple of homemade mixes with Avocado, Mango, Cream Cheese, Fresh Tuna, Fresh Salmon, Green Onions, Carrots, Green Apples, and Cucumbers. One of our finest mixes was the Salmon Tartare roll which we created by mixing Green Apples, Fresh Salmon, Spicy Mayo (Siracha Sauce & Mayo), Lemon Juice and Tempura!
We were a little lazy and didn’t look for too many recipes, but we have this favorite from Sushi Taxi a restaurant chain. These hosomakis are called Winnies and are served fried with honey. You’ll need a deep fryer or a pan with oil to make them. The link to the original recipe, in French, is here.
Recipe from Sushi Taxi for Winnie Rolls
For 2 Winnie Rolls, you will need :
- Nori Sheets
- Sushi Rice
- Green Apple
- Tempura Sauce
- Cream Cheese
- Fresh Salmon
Step 1. Place a nori sheet, rough side up, on a sushi mat.
Step 2. Add some rice to the nori sheet and leave 1.5 inch without any rice at the top of the sheet.
Step 3. Turn the nori around, the rice will be on the mat and the nori sheet will be facing you. Make sure the part where you didn’t put any rice is at the bottom of the mat.
Step 4. Make a row in the middle of the nori sheet with the ingredients: salmon, green apples, mangos and cream cheese. Contrary to a regular roll, you are not placing the ingredients on the rice.
Step 5. Roll it tightly, the rice side will be at the top.
Step 6. Cover the roll of a small coat of tempura batter (use a regular tempura mix). Once the roll is wet with tempura batter, roll it in a 50\50 mix of panko and coconut (at least 1/4 cup of each if you are making two Winnie rolls).
Step 7. Heat up your fryer to 400 degrees F and fry the rool for 1 to 2 minutes or until the coconut/panko mix is golden. Fry it in a pan in which you’ve heated up some oil if you don’t have a fryer (BE CAREFUL), hot oil is horribly dangerous.
Step 8. Add a coat of melted Honey on the roll before you serve it.
Be sure to make at least 8 rolls to serve 4 people, you might get away with less if you don’t have big appetites but 8 is a safe bet. If you can, serve your sushi in some white plates and add some soy sauce, ginger and wasabi! Voilà a tasteful treat that’s fun to make.