This week I attempted to make sushi. The rice is the most important part of making good sushi, so I started by learning about the different types of rice and learned how to cook it.
I began by following Helen’s recipe on her site, Beyond Salmon. Thanks Jacob for recommending her site for the rice cooking technique. I followed to a T, because I was worried that my rice was not going to come out right. I rinsed the rice in my sieve at least 5 times, until the water came out clean. I added the rice to my pyrex dish, but I only had a 8 by 6 dish, not an 8 by 8 like the recipe asked for. I brought the two cups of water to a boil and then added it to my rice in the pyrex dish. Then I covered it with aluminum foil and put it in my oven for 20 minutes.
While it was cooking, I made the finishing dressing, by combining the vinegar, mirin, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. I made sure to not let it boil, and let it heat up just enough to let the sugar melt.
Once the rice was done, I transferred it into a large bowl and then added about 3/4th of my dressing. Then I put damp paper towels on top of the bowl and let it sit while I prepared the sushi add-ins.
I sliced an avocado, cucumber, and tuna and salmon. My mom is a big fan of tuna, while I prefer salmon, so I bought small amounts of both.
Now it was the time of truth. I took out my nori and spread some rice around the entire sheet. Then in the center I placed down some fish, cucumber and avocado. Then I began to roll, which actually wasn’t has difficult as I thought it was going to be. I made about 8 sheets, which was way too much, but I bought too much fish that I didn’t want to waste.
Then I dug in. The rolls were pretty good, but for some reason the texture of my rice seemed a little off, which was disappointing. This is the first time that I ever made sushi, so I understand that I may need to practice. Next time, I may try to cook my rice in a rice cooker and see how it comes out. Besides the texture of the rice, it was good. Even my mom said it was pretty good, and she eats a lot of sushi. I am definitely going to try to make sushi again, but as I said I may try to use a rice cooker next time.
Taste: B+. I wish I could rate this higher, but the rice was a bit off putting. Rice cooker next time.
Health: B. Rice isn’t really healthy, but this can be a once in a while food. Maybe I’ll try brown rice next time to try to add some fiber?
Price: C+. In reality, it’s actually about the same price to just order sushi at a restaurant. It was definitely an experience to make it, but the fish is pretty expensive.
Overall: B. I enjoyed the experience of making this, but I would probably only make this once or twice a year. It’s a lot of work, and it’s not all that cost effective compared to restaurant made sushi.