How To Make Sushi Without A Sushi Mat

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A lovely plate of sushi

A lovely plate of sushi

My achievement…..making sushi without a sushi mat! I’m just so happy and proud of myself. Nothing is too difficult. There’s always a solution to a problem. The sushi came out round, uniform and colourful. What an improvement….Practice Make Perfect! I’ll show you how.

Making sushi (Japanese term) or kimbap (Korean term) is actually fun and easy. After a really enjoyable time with my friends last week making and eating sushi for lunch, I kept thinking about it…..the fun that we had in making and eating. We did quite well as beginners as you can see in my earlier post, Food and Friends Bring Happiness. So, yesterday I decided to make sushi for dinner. I had everything except the sushi mat. I went round to a few kitchen ware shops and supermarkets but none of them sells sushi mat. Frustrated, I told myself I was still going to make sushi for dinner. Thought hard & long and decided to be innovative and creative. Here’s what you need:

3C of sushi rice
1/2 cucumber
1 medium carrot
crab sticks
2 eggs
6 pieces of sushi seaweed
1 piece of plastic (slightly bigger than the seaweed; use sushi mat if you have)

Seasoning for sushi rice
vinegar
sugar
salt

Making sushi is easy and fun

Making sushi is easy and fun

Wash and cook the rice. If you don’t have sushi rice, use Thai jasmine rice but add a little extra water for extra softness so that the sushi won’t fall apart when you roll. You want the rice to be a little sticky.

While the rice is cooking, wash and cut the cucumber into strips. Remove the seeds. Peel and slice the carrot into strips too. Panfry the carrot strips until soft. Beat the eggs and fry it into omelet. Then cut it into strips too. Remove the crab sticks from the plastic wrap and cut it longitudinally into 2.

When the rice is cooked, dish it onto a big bowl. Add the sushi seasoning and mix well. Adjust according to your taste. Or you can just sprinkle some light soya sauce and sesame oil.

Lay the plastic sheet on the table or chopping board. Place a piece of sushi seaweed on it, the shiny side facing the plastic. Scoop the rice on it and spread it out thin. Lay the cucumber, carrot, egg and crab stick strips on it as shown in the picture above.

Completed sushi rolls

Completed sushi rolls

With the help of the plastic, roll it up tightly and squeeze it a little. When all is done, cut the sushi rolls into slices. It is very nice on its own. You can also eat it with your favourite sauce or some wasabi. We had it with baked spring chicken…absolutely fabulous….a very satisfying meal!

Sushi with baked spring chicken for dinner

Sushi with baked spring chicken for dinner

Sushi makes a great item for any occasion. The colours and neatness of it can tempt anyone into trying and going for more. There are many other ingredients that you can use for the filling like what my Korean friend did. The sushi that I showed here is just one of the simplest and is great for beginners or for those in a hurry for a quick meal.

Do you like sushi? Do you make sushi? What type of sushi do you like? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below. If you like this article, you can subscribe for free to the RSS or through email (both on the right hand corner) so that you don’t miss out on any future articles. In the mean time, keep learning, keep smiling. When we are happy we learn better.

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One Comment

Divina  on August 19th, 2009

That looks great even without a sushi mat. Thanks for the insight that there’s always a solution to a problem. I will keep that in mind.

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