Sunday, January 20, 2008

Maki sushi

I do love sushi and maki sushi rolls. I haven't made it in a long time. Tonight we feasted on Japanese cuisine. In my efforts to eat healthy I even used brown rice instead of the traditional white rice. I like the Thai brown rice I find in my local Asian market. It still has some stickiness that is important in Asian cuisine. Of course it's not the same as a traditional Japanese sushi rice but it was a palatable alternative to white rice. I seasoned it with rice vinegar and a little bit of sugar.

The ingredients for my maki rolls were imitation crab meat, cucumber, carrots, and a wasabi seasoned canned tuna. I'd love to use fresh fish but we just can't get anything here that I would eat raw.

Here is the nori with the rice and fillings all laid out.

All rolled up and ready for cutting.

I love wasabi and use a lot in my soy dipping sauce. I also prepared a soup this evening.

The soup was a very simple one. I made a simple broth with water, clam dashi powder, fish dashi powder and a splash of soy sauce. I simmered button mushrooms in the broth until they were good and tender. I then added a good amount of finely sliced leaf lettuces. I love cooked lettuce, especially in soup. It has a silky texture and a nice sweet flavor.

Stay tuned. I'll post dessert tomorrow. It is definitely worth waiting for!


Lewis said...

That looks awesome Greg!

Nilmandra said...

What a coincidence, I just made maki rolls for dinner last night too! And also just blogged about it! :) I have never found medium grain rice to work well for sushi so I am surprised you found it sticky enough. I do love sushi, it's such great healthy food.

Greg said...

Thanks for the comments. Certainly the brown rice is not nearly as good as sushi rice. I prefer to use a Korean rice, actually. But this particular Thai brown rice sticks together enough to be used in maki rolls. It does have more texture than creamy sushi rice. But it is a pretty good tradeoff for those who want more fiber and nutrition from the rice.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This looks great. I love that you improvised - not having freah fish readily available!

missbliss said...

What was I saying about being upstaged?? LOL!

Kevin said...

That sushi looks good. The only sushi that I have made at home has been a cucumber roll. The imitation crab meat sounds like a good safe way to go.