Sushi is ever growing in popularity and today even some of my friends that thought that all raw fish was only good for was bait are now trying and enjoying Sushi. If you are a Sushi virgin? Is the language of sushi overwhelming you? Well have no fear I’ve put together a quick guide to sushi including the various types and what are the various types of rolls and the English names for the types of fish in them.
OK let go, you can have an individual piece of fish on a piece of rice we call that (NIGRI) or a roll that’s called (MAKI). Well wasn’t that easy. Below is a quick explanation to the various type of popular SUSHI.
OK so here is the pop sushi charts!
Maki Sushi is the term used for the various types of sushi small rolls. Maki can have in it fish or vegetables (I haven’t come across meat yet!) with rice, then rolled up in seaweed which is called NORI. It’s very different from the seaweed at the Chinese restaurant. Then the Maki rolls are cut into bite-sized pieces. The filling is always placed in the middle, but depending on the type of roll, either the seaweed or the rice may be the outer layer.
Nigiri Sushi is extremely popular, just like the maki above very easy to try and make and kids love it. Nigiri sushi is made of hand-formed little rectangular blocks of rice topped with a thinly sliced piece of fish. , but again you can use any vegetables too, like aubergine or courgette, (egg plant and zucchini for you lot in the USA) I once picked a nigiri dish of a conveyor belt and got the surprise of my life, it was rice infused in custard and what I thought was tuna nigiri was in fact rhubarb , it was fabulous rhubarb and custard GUINEAS that was from K10 in London. (Image curtesy of Rachelleb)
Temaki sushi the common name that this often goes by is “a hand roll” I’d say it’s the simplest of the types of sushi to make. A Temaki or “hand roll” is Nori wrapped tightly around your rice and filling and made into a cone shape. – I remember my very 1st day in a YO! kitchen I was inside the sushi belt and the director Robin Rowland came into the restaurant and ordered a round of hand rolls for himself and his guests… I had never actually made one before but managed to pull it off, they really are simple to roll and do taste great with avocado and crab.
Futomaki – is like Maki for those with big mouth , the main difference apart from the diameter of the roll is that that has many different ingredients using Nori, the seaweed wrap. And it’s not really for those with a big mouth OK, that’s just me being silly! Have you noticed how wonderful the colours are when making sushi. I always say that half of the pleasure of making and eating sushi is that it looks so appetizing don’t you think so? This is one factor to definitely get sushi virgins to try out dishes. - It just looks “good enough to eat!
Onigiri – This simpe type of Sushi is another great one for the kids, It’s made with regular steamed rice and rolled into a ball with other ingredients all mixed in. It is really easy to get the kids involved in making sushi and once they do I guarantee that they will be tugging at your sleeves asking “when are we going to make some more sushi?” Making Futomaki is as easy as mixing a few favourite ingredients with some sticky rice and rolling it into a ball, or any shape you want.
Shasimi - My personal favourite , Sashimi is thinly sliced raw fish. Load of different kinds of fresh fish and seafood can be served raw in the Japanese cuisine. I could eat Sashimi every day. In fact I believe I used to, for about 4 years. My personal favourite’s are Salmon or Tuna Sashimi. Oh no now my tummy is now rumbling at the thought
There you go that was the sushi pop charts, but there rare many more types of sushi available too.
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