Sushi: What is it?
DELICIOUS - that's for sure! But for those who have passed by the trend food so far: Sushi is a Japanese dish made of cooled, soured rice, with algae leaves (nori), fish or seafood and fresh vegetables. Although the variety of sushi types seems endless, they can be divided into two basic forms: Maki and Nigiri. While in maki the rice, as well as fish and vegetables, is rolled in nori sheets, in nigiri the fish lies loosely on the rice. Cut into bite-sized pieces and served with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger (gari), the Japanese delicacy is not only a real treat, but also a real eye-catcher.
The word sushi is derived from the Japanese adjective "sui," which means "sour, acidic" and refers to the vinegary taste ofsushi rice. Sour, vinegar, fish? - doesn't that hit your favorite taste buds? We admit, we also tend to have a sweet tooth. But with sushi we make an exception! The unique combination of slightly sticky rice, sweet nori leaves and fresh fish simply does it for us.
Fish and seafood don't fit into your diet plan? Don't worry, because even fans of vegetarian and vegan cuisine won't go empty-handed here. Quickly replace the fishy component withtofu, egg or vegetables and you're off to sushi heaven. Try it for yourself and soon you won't be able to get enough of these little delicacies.
From the canning method to the Inside Out California Roll
Sushi as we know it was born in Tokyo. However, the roots of the popular rice rolls go back to Southeast Asia. Here, rolling fish in rice was used for preservation at a time when household appliances like refrigerators and freezers were figments of the imagination. Sealed in a jar, the fish thus had a longer shelf life, while the rice became sour and thus inedible over time. A popular preservation method, the rice-fish combination migrated through Southeast Asia and eventually landed in Japan.
Over the decades, however, the aspect of shelf life became less and less important. The fish was pickled for a shorter time and the rice became edible again. Nevertheless, in order to boost the fermentation process, the rice was pressed, which preserved the sour taste. Nowadays, rice vinegar is added to sushi to preserve the original sour taste. The fermentation process is no longer necessary.
With Japanese emigrants, the delicacy traveled around the world and quickly became a sought-after specialty in the U.S., Canada and Europe. New types of sushi, such as the "Inside out California Roll" conquered the western countries and convinced even the last critics of this delicious dish.
Eating Sushi: No-Gos and accessories - this is the right way!
Pineapple on pizza, or broken spaghetti - mankind knows how to modify culinary food of different cultures, let's say .... So how do you eat sushi properly?
An important part of the culinary experience in Japan is the arrangement of the food. Traditionally, sushi is eaten on flattened, square plates on which the rice rolls are arranged decoratively. Served, ready, go. But with what:chopsticks, fingers or fork? One thing is clear, the latter in no case, because eating sushi with a fork is considered an absolute faux pas. Then rather use your hand, after all, sushi is a classic finger food. Hard to believe, but eating sushi with chopsticks was established outside Japan. Nevertheless, it is widely accepted, - quite different from eating sushi in several bites, which is considered tactless. Biting off is only allowed on larger sushi rolls. So better to eat it in one bite into your mouth - tastes better anyway!
Now for the soy sauce and wasabi. Here, neither shaking nor stirring is allowed, because mixing these garnishes is a no-go and is considered disrespectful to the soy sauce. This has a high value in Japan and must therefore not be wasted. To refine it, spread some wasabi on the fish and then dip it in the soy sauce. The rice is not dipped because it soaks up too quickly and the sushi roll falls apart. And what's the ginger for, anyway? Some put it on their sushi, while others literally leave it completely to the left. It's a shame, because the sweet and sour gari is supposed to help neutralize the taste between bites of sushi. Note: A piece of ginger between Maki and Nigiri and the different flavors come out better.
Make sushi easily yourself:
Craving or hungry for rice? It doesn't matter, because in both cases sushi is an excellent solution. With the 6-pieceSushi Starter Box from KoRo you don't even have to leave the house, but can easily prepare your own sushi. Equipped with a rolling mat, rice spoon, rice spreader and various sushi molds, you can almost get started, because with this starter set even sushi beginners will become real professionals in no time. Now you only need sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori leaves and (vegetarian/ vegan) ingredients of your choice. There are no limits to the variations of the sushi rolls: from tuna, salmon, or tofu, to avocado and cucumber, to peppers, mango, andsesame seeds- let your creativity run wild.
Here's how it works: Before you start preparing the different types of sushi, cook the sushi rice in a 2:1 ratio or use arice stove. Then let the rice cool before you refine it with rice vinegar.
- Fill the sushi moulds with rice
- Cut your ingredients into the right shape
- Top the rice with a topping of your choice
- Place the nori sheets on the roll mat
- Spread the rice with the bamboo rice spreader or your fingers and press the rice firmly (tip: leave about 2 cm space at the edge)
- Cut the ingredients into an oblong, "sushi-friendly" shape
- Top the rice with toppings of your choice
- Roll the nori sheets, rice and toppings together with the sushi mat.
- Cut the roll into bite-sized pieces