Monday, March 29, 2010
I'm baaaaaaack! Vacation was pretty awesome. It was exactly what I needed. Until I got back to work again. It's funny how having to come back to the real world really bites. I wish I could just live one of those glorious lives where I could travel the globe and not lift a finger. But I guess maybe even that would become habitual and boring in time. Nonetheless... I'm back and ready to cook! I thought this sushi was pretty excellent, and if it wasn't so convenient to have others make this for me, I think I would do this myself all the time. I definitely recommend sushi-making at home, at least once, just for the experience... because it's definitely not as hard as you think!
Basmati or some other kind of "sticky" rice
Seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 lb. lobster meat (or imitation)
1 package nori
1/2 cucumber, julienned
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
oil for frying
Alright, first cook your rice. I had two different types so that I could compare the two. First, I bought a prepackaged "steam for 1 minute in the microwave" kind of rice. Then I cooked about 1 cup of basmati rice, adding a little bit more water than recommended to kind of get the rice at that "sticky" texture. Separate each rice and add your desired amount of rice vinegar to each pile. Mix well.
Go ahead and heat up your frying oil. Kind of cut the lobster meat into chunks and dip them into the tempura batter. Let sit for 3 minutes and then coat a second time with the batter and allow to sit for a few more minutes.
Fry the batter lobster chunks until you get a nice golden brown color, maybe about 5-7 minutes.
Lay out your bamboo sushi mat and place a piece of plastic wrap over it to cover. For a normal roll (nori on the outside, rice on the inside), place nori sheet on top of sushi mat. Cover nori with rice and add desired fillings. I added in lobster, carrots, and cucumber... but that's what's great about sushi, it's versatile... you can practically put anything you want in there!
For an alternative roll, an inside out roll (where the rice is on the outside and nori on the inside), just place the rice on the plastic wrap to cover top with nori. Then add fillings.
Ok, once you've got your filling and roll planned out, gently pick up mat from end closest to you and roll. Tighten mat to tighten roll. Sometimes explaining this isn't as good as a visual aid. So check out this site for a more detailed description... How To Roll Sushi.
You can decorate the rolls as you please, I just chose to drizzle some Sriracha and top with tempura flakes and black sesame seeds. Serve with soy sauce and eat with chop sticks!
This was just great! Not only was it visually stunning, it was just as delicious as it looked! Two large rolls and we were both full and happy. I definitely think the "sticky" packaged rice was easier to roll with. The basmati kind of fell apart a little (I used that one for the inside out roll, you can kind of tell it was coming apart there in the picture, but delicious nonetheless!) Enjoy!