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How To Make Sushi... Tips?  
User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Posted (9 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Hi all,

So tomorrow I am going to try to make Sushi at home for the first time. I've got a friend coming over as a Guinea Pig. So I was just wondering if any of the regular cooks in here (like me Big grin ) have ever made Sushi before because I haven't! And if so, then do you have any advice? It all seems so straight forward, but something is telling me it's not  Silly

BTW, I will be making the one with the rice rolled in those leaves with salmon/tuna in the middle.

Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
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My girlfriend would be able to help you, she's not here right now actually  Wink
If I can give you an advice, try to use algues, fish and rice  rotfl  sorry I can't help you much more!

Glad to see'ya again FlyAUA! Cheers, Philippe



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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 1):
My girlfriend would be able to help you, she's not here right now actually

Ok, but feel free to pass on any information if you get it eventually  Wink

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 1):
If I can give you an advice, try to use algues, fish and rice sorry I can't help you much more!

Yeah... that seems to be what I bought in the supermarket before even looking at a Sushi recipe  Silly

And I also got that special rice-vinegar, and one of those bamboo rolling mats  Smile

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 1):
Glad to see'ya again FlyAUA! Cheers, Philippe

Thanks! Glad to be back... I've been quite busy at work and then been "having a live" in the evenings, so not online much. As you can see, tonight I am bored, and have no life again  tongue 



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Well, at the risk of insulting you, I'll start by saying you MUST use sushi grade tuna or salmon. Otherwise you do run the risk of a trip to the emergency room.

Anyway, there are a few tricks:

Buy sushi rice. It is short grain and has just the right amount of starch. There is also something sold at Asian markets called sushi spice, which you add to the rice to give it that unique sushi flavor. Roll lightly in sesame seeds for a nice touch, and add some flying fish roe.

"Inside Out" rolls are far easier to make, IMO. These have seaweed wrapping the contents, but the rice on the outside of this. Use a sushi rolling mat that is wrapped in plastic wrap. Keep your hands and fingers slightly damp - have a bowl of water nearby. My favorite is smoked eel and avocado. Perhaps not "Sushi" to the purest, as it is cooked, but yummy. The tuna and salmon work very nicely also.

Good luck!

[Edited 2005-08-20 23:38:19]

User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 3):

Haha, ok thanks for those tips. On some occasions I had no clue what you're talking about but I understood most of it. I forgot to add: the salmon is smoked and the tuna is boiled. And there is no need to worry because they are either fresh, or will be consumed on the spot  Wink



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User currently offlineClipperhawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Thread starter):
I will be making the one with the rice rolled in those leaves with salmon/tuna in the middle.

Leaves? LOL It's called nori and it's seaweed. Do you have a bamboo matt to roll this sushi with? If not you better get one.

I smell fish....errrrr..failure. Visit a sushi bar and enjoy!

Quoting FlyAUA (Thread starter):
It all seems so straight forward, but something is telling me it's not

You got that right. Tekka maki san. Be prepared to be dissapointed but have fun doing it!



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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 5):
Leaves? LOL It's called nori and it's seaweed.

Yes that's what I meant  Silly

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 5):
Do you have a bamboo matt to roll this sushi with?

Yep, bought one of those too...

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 5):
I smell fish....errrrr..failure. Visit a sushi bar and enjoy!

If I had to do that everytime I craved sushi, I would have been broke a looooong time ago.

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 5):
Be prepared to be dissapointed but have fun doing it!

Hey, you have no faith in me. If those peeps at the Sushi Bar can do it, then so can I!



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 4):
the salmon is smoked and the tuna is boiled

 Wow!  Wow!

Dude, find some sushi grade tuna and eat it the way it was meant to be eaten! Raw!


User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

why not go a little easier and make sashimi-just thinly slice up the fish and put the raw fish on a platter with some other stuff Big grin


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Just drop a whole trout in a blender and add a little water. Puree for one minute. All you have to do is drink it. Saves a lot of time.

Mark


User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 7):
Dude, find some sushi grade tuna and eat it the way it was meant to be eaten! Raw!



Quoting Espion007 (Reply 8):
raw fish

Because I don't like raw fish  yuck 

Even when I eat Sushi at a restaurant/bar, I can only eat veggie sushi, or the ones with boiled/smoked fish. I would never eat it raw, or prepare it raw at home.



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 2):
I've been quite busy at work and then been "having a live"

Having a life...that must be new to you. Big grin

//Mattias


User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 11):
Having a life...that must be new to you. Big grin

Psssssht, don't tell them Matt  ziplip 



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User currently onlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3037 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Thread starter):

Make sure you take pictures of your final work and your friends' reaction while he is eating the sushi. And post them on here.  spin 


User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 12):
Quoting Matt27 (Reply 11):
Having a life...that must be new to you.

Psssssht, don't tell them Matt

Is there anything to tell???  Big grin


User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 13):
Make sure you take pictures of your final work and your friends' reaction while he is eating the sushi. And post them on here.

I'll do my best  Wink



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 9):
Just drop a whole trout in a blender and add a little water. Puree for one minute. All you have to do is drink it. Saves a lot of time.

Actually, I'm not sure you can put a trout in the Bass-o-Matic.

Signed,

Dan Akroyd


User currently offlineFDXMECH From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 3):
I'll start by saying you MUST use sushi grade tuna or salmon. Otherwise

Absolutely correct. But don't neglect to mention the importance of sushi grade mayonnaise.



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

It's best to freeze the fish before using it in sushi, in order to kill any parasites. This isn't necessary with tuna, which is almost always parasite-free.


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User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3654 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
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Quoting FlyAUA (Thread starter):
And if so, then do you have any advice?

First thing to know, is to cook the correct type of rice. As said before, you need to use short grain rice. You must also cook the rice correctly. It has to be sticky. I've never had to do this (every local family in Hawaii has a rice cooker), but you can properly cook the rice in a pot. Too much water and you get mush, too little, too hard. After cooking, you need to fluff the rice and mix in the correct amount of sushi rice vinegar. I recommend doing this in another container since cooking rice in a pot over the stove tends to burn the rice on the bottom of the pot, plus you need to cool the rice before making sushi.

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 6):
Hey, you have no faith in me. If those peeps at the Sushi Bar can do it, then so can I!

Rolling maki sushi is a lot harder than it looks. My family makes maki sushi every year for New Year's and even though I have been doing it for years, I still can't get it just right. The perfect rolled sushi has all the contents perfectly centered all the way through.

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 3):
My favorite is smoked eel and avocado. Perhaps not "Sushi" to the purest, as it is cooked, but yummy.

Many people mistakenly associate sushi with only raw fish. Sushi can and is made with many different cooked ingredients. However, avocado is what makes your favorite sushi "unpure."

Quoting PROSA (Reply 18):
It's best to freeze the fish before using it in sushi, in order to kill any parasites.

Freezing will change the texture of the fish, making it unsuitable for use in sushi or as sashimi. Fish meant to be sold as fresh is never frozen and is always packed in regular ice or gel ice for shipping.


User currently offlineAirplanePeanut From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

http://www.garden-gifts.com/sushi.htm
Good Luck!

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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

don't cook the fish!

User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Be careful with the tuna, I ate some bad tuna fish, man I threw up more than I had in my entire life. Ill never eat tuna fish again.


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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Ok people, thanks again for all the tips. I am going to start the "impossible" task now and see what happens... LOL Big grin

Quoting Ha763 (Reply 19):
First thing to know, is to cook the correct type of rice. As said before, you need to use short grain rice. You must also cook the rice correctly. It has to be sticky. I've never had to do this (every local family in Hawaii has a rice cooker), but you can properly cook the rice in a pot. Too much water and you get mush, too little, too hard. After cooking, you need to fluff the rice and mix in the correct amount of sushi rice vinegar. I recommend doing this in another container since cooking rice in a pot over the stove tends to burn the rice on the bottom of the pot, plus you need to cool the rice before making sushi.

The rice I am using is special sushi rice as you have suggested. It does look incredibly short grain to me (almost round in fact) and not like the usual rice I use to cook (basmati). Instructions say 100g of rice with 250ml of water and let simmer 10 mins on low heat till it's absorbed. So good luck to me, I'm going to start now!

Regards,
Moe  wave 



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User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 23):
The rice I am using is special sushi rice as you have suggested. It does look incredibly short grain to me (almost round in fact) and not like the usual rice I use to cook (basmati). Instructions say 100g of rice with 250ml of water and let simmer 10 mins on low heat till it's absorbed. So good luck to me, I'm going to start now!

Just buy the sushi you sod. You're going to screw it up.



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25 Post contains images FlyAUA : We'll see about that!!    You have no idea how incredibly talented I am [Edited 2005-08-21 14:12:06]
26 Monteycarlos : Have you got the bamboo rolling mat yet?
27 Post contains images FlyAUA : Affirm sir
28 Monteycarlos : Ok, so next thing you need to buy is a rice cooker... buy that, and then you won't screw it up trying to cook it. Then simply put some seaweed on the
29 FlyAUA : I just finished cooking the rice, and it looks fine. More moist than usual rice (as the package said) but not too mushy and I added the vinegar. I ne
30 Post contains links and images FlyAUA : Alright! So far so good. I've finished making the rolls and "glued" the end together with some water. All I need to do now is cut the rolls to make th
31 Mir : Looks pretty good to me. Congrats! -Mir
32 NWAFA : Looks good! My #1 favorite food!! What time can we come over!
33 Post contains images Matt27 : Well done, Moe It does look OK to me, not bad for beeing the first time.
34 Post contains images FlyAUA : If you bring a bottle of wine along with ya, you're welcome anytime Thanks! Next time (which will be in a LOOOOOONG time) we'll do it together mister
35 NWAFA : Ill bring a whole case of it!! G
36 PROSA : I have to disagree. As far as I know, all fish other than tuna must be frozen before use in sushi or sashimi, due to parasites.
37 Post contains images Mexicana757 : Nice work, now where is the picture for your friends reaction when he had his first bite??
38 Ha763 : The best way is to first wipe down a sharp knife with the vinegar and after every cut or use a whole citrus fruit to clean the blade after every cut.
39 Post contains images FlyAUA : Well, we never agreed I'd take a picture of that! Anyways, it was a very satisfied, pleased, face expression if that helps Yeah I sort of realised th
40 WellHung : in addition to the above... -before cooking the rice, put it in a strainer and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. -to cool the rice fas
41 Turtle : Hey Logan22L, Ever been to Sea to You??
42 Turtle : FlyAUA, Not bad for a first time. It is harder than it looks but, if you continue to do it, it becomes easy pretty quick. Try an "inside out" roll, as
43 Post contains images FlyAUA : Apparently there was other criticism BTW. My colleague only mentioned this at work There was too much nori. Next time I need to either cut it shorter
44 Turtle : Toasting the nori takes much of the chewieness away. Even if the package says "pre-toasted", do it anyway. Do this by briefly passing the sheet over a
45 Bhmbaglock : Boiled tuna? Might as well use Starkist.
46 Post contains images Matt27 : Hey Moe. This is what sushi is suppose to look like:
47 Post contains links and images FlyAUA : In my sequel to part one... I was at my friends house today where we made sushi together [the proper way]. Looked much better and the nori worked much
48 Post contains images Matt27 : Well done, Moe. Looks way better this time
49 Ha763 : Much better looking. BTW, how big are the sheets of nori you buy? I don't remember seeing nori for sushi and onigiri in anything other than 7in x 8in
50 Trekster : Moe, u still look out of it from ur adventures in the Spinney thing yesterday lol Glad ya made the food, looks yummy. Is Jacobs Creek White ok for din
51 Post contains images FlyAUA : I didn't measure but that sounds like exactly the size it was. We used it as it was for the californian rolls, but we cut it in half for the thin rol
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