Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sushi! (Thursday night's class in Chilliwack!)

We're making sushi tonight, so come hungry and interested in how to make your own maki, inari, and miso soup!

MISO SOUP
How to make dashi (from about.com)
Or use instant dashi to make your dashi broth.

5g dried wakame
80g silken tofu (1/4 size standard block
1 tbsp miso paste (red or white)
300g dashi
chives to garnish
mushrooms to garnish (optional)

Soak the wakame in water to revitalize, then cut into bite size pieces. Cut the tofu into 1.5cm cubes.
Heat the dashi for 3-4 minutes, then add the miso and allow to dissolve.
Add the wakame and tofu and heat gently for 5 minutes, being careful not to let it boil. Garnish with the chives when serving.

SUSHI RICE
3 cups Japanese rice
3 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

After washing and soaking Japanese rice, cook and let it steam. Wash the rice! This is essential for nice rice!
See How to Cook Japanese Rice video

Prepare sushi vinegar (sushi-zu) by mixing rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan. Put the pan on low heat and heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool the vinegar mixture.

Spread the hot steamed rice into a large plate or a large bowl. Please use a non-metallic bowl to prevent any interaction with rice vinegar. It's best to use a wooden bowl called sushi-oke. Sprinkle the vinegar mixture over the rice and fold the rice by shamoji (rice spatula) quickly. Be careful not to smash the rice.

To cool and remove the moisture of the rice well, use a fan as you mix sushi rice. This will give sushi rice a shiny look. It's best to use sushi rice right away.

Makes 4-6 servings, about 2 cups


FILLINGS: TAMAGO (rolled egg)

4 large eggs
105 ml dashi (a scant 1/2 cup American) (1/2 of a 210cc Japanese cup, smaller than a 240cc American cup)
(you can substitute an equal amount of water and 1/4 tsp hondashi — bonito stock granules)
1 Tb mirin
1/2 Tb sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp soy sauce

INARI (my personal favourite!!!)
Inari are tofu pouches you can stuff with rice or other things. A really nice combination is the seasoned sushi rice with black sesame seeds, but you can try regular sesame seeds or leftover tamago, even umeboshi (pickled plum).

BENTO BOXES

Note: If you are looking for cute bento boxes, check out Daiso (Aberdeen Centre, Richmond) or H-Mart (Surrey, supermarket).

And I just found this link to an Obama roll! (In Japanese) And you have to see this Flickr set of various adorable bento box meals!

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