A few years ago, my fiance (Josh) and I took a sushi making class. We’re more experimental than direction followers so I had my doubts as to how it would go. I have to say that it was actually a lot of fun.
There are a lot of factors that go into the enjoyability of a class – size of class, complication level of the dish, etc – but our turned out to be a very nice balance. For us, that meant very little oversight and judge-y looks from the teacher. Admittedly many of our sushi rolls looked like science experiments, but we learned the basics.
We haven’t tried our hand at sushi making again since that class, perhaps since some of the ingredients and tools aren’t part of our kitchen collection. So when we decided the other day that we wanted to make sushi, I have no idea what prompted it since the supply issue hasn’t changed. But we were excited enough about it to head to the grocery store and stuck up.
After retrieving the $30 worth of missing supplies required, we jumped right into the process. One lovely element of the sushi class (that we delightfully overlooked) was the amount of prep required before you can actually make anything. Waiting for rice to cook is literally watching water boil. And once the rice was cooked, we had to wait for it to cool. Not great for two hungry adults, but it did give us time to delicately slice the fish and vegetables.
With all the prep work out of the way, it really took no time at all to roll up some tasty sushi. We used a sriracha-mayo to spice up our tuna and some teryaki to flavor one of the tuna rolls. No formal recipes were used. We eat created rolls based on what flavors and textures we like.
Helpful Hints for Sushi Making:
Pour a medium-sized shallow bowl of rice wine vinegar. You’ll need to dip your hands and other utensils in here. Anything that touches the rice without a vinegar rinse will get stuck like you wouldn’t believe.
Wrap your rolling maps in plastic wrap before you start. It will keep the rice from getting wedged in the map when creating a roll with rice on the outside.