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Sushi RollIing – Tips

Sushi rolling is an art form, something that you would have to experience doing yourself to help you appreciate this amazing Japanese delicacy even more. With the intricate way that each step is done, making your own sushi can give you the ultimate eating experience.

How to roll sushi?

Sushi rolls are traditionally called ‘Maki’, made of rolled rice and fish or seafood wrapped in Nori. The Maki has two varieties, the fat maki known as Futomaki, and the thin roll called Hosomaki. Futomaki can be made using two fillings, while Hosomaki is made of one filling that can be fish, seafood, or a single vegetable.

Spreading a Nori sheet out on top of a sushi mat, make sure that the rough side is facing upwards. Put rice on the Nori and spread it equally covering almost the entire mat except for the upper 2 centimeters, which you will later on use to seal each roll. Make sure that the rice is equally placed, and should not be too compact or too loose to prevent the roll from falling apart when rolled.

Put the filling on the edge of the rice sheet, making sure that they are uniform across the surface from end to end. You can use a slice of fish, and vegetable sticks (carrot, cucumber, asparagus, and other vegetables you would want to use). Once everything has been carefully laid out, start rolling the mat, using just the right amount of pressure. Again, it should be rolled not too tightly, but not too loosely either. When you reach the end, dab some water on the 2-centimeter space that was left free and use this to seal and secure the roll.

Once you are finished with rolling, use a sushi knife or anything similar to cut it into smaller rolls. Make sure that the knife is sharp, preferably with holes that could let the air in so that the little rolls will not fall apart. With the right equipment and the correct way of rolling and cutting, each roll will have the complete, authentic feel of a Japanese sushi.

Now that you have learned the basics of sushi rolling, you can try experimenting with different fillings and different styles. Once you have fully mastered the technique of rolling, you can infuse your own style and taste preference in it, making an entirely new variety to the Japanese original.

Sushi Rolling Tips

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