Sushi is food that brings out a passion in all who make it. It’s surprisingly easy to make sushi rolls at home or for gatherings. Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge’s chefs are experts in sashimi and sushi that you can eat in or order online for takeout, but they also believe in teaching you their skills. Make your sushi at home with following these four easy steps.
Making Sushi at Home
Before attempting to make sushi at home, you need a bamboo rolling mat, plastic wrap and a sharp knife. These items are easy to find at any kitchen supply store.
1. For any sushi, you need sushi/short-grain rice, rice vinegar, nori and fillings. For vegetarian sushi rolls, carrots, cucumbers and avocado are standard. For California roll, you’ll want avocado, imitation crab and cucumber.
2. Having sticky short-grain rice is essential when it comes to making professional sushi at home. Use short-grain rice (sushi rice) and rinse it well. For every cup of rice used in your recipe, add 1 ½ cups of water and ½ teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and then drop to low and cook for 20 minutes. Let the rice cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, bring 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar for every cup of rice and heat until sugar dissolves. Add to your rice and stir until the rice soaks up all the liquid. Set aside until needed.
3. Before you can roll your sushi, you must prepare your nori. Place a sheet of plastic over your bamboo mat. Place a nori sheet over the plastic and spread with a handful of rice. Press it out with dampened hands to ensure it reaches evenly to each edge. Slice fresh vegetables and seafood and place them lengthwise neatly on the rice.
4. Once you have your vegetables and other ingredients in place, start rolling the sushi roll tightly. Roll it away from you, ensuring ingredients are tucked in as you keep rolling. In the end, you want to have a tight log-shaped roll (There are many different ways to roll the sushi up. At Shinto, we do not roll our rolls on top of a bamboo mat). At this point, wrap the roll for later or slice into six equal sections and serve immediately.
Learn From the Masters
Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge offers two-hour classes that cover everything from ingredients to preparation. Students even receive goodies to take home after the class. These goodies include a bamboo rolling mat, rice vinegar and wasabi powder. Lessons include:
- Preparation of sushi rice
- Selecting quality ingredients
- Using a knife to prepare the seafood
- How to roll the sushi
When your sushi is ready to eat, enjoy wine and sake selections handpicked by Shinto’s experts. This event is perfect for a unique date night, a night out with friends or a gift for family and friends. Prices start at $75, and group discounts are available.
Sign up for the Sushi Rolling Class at Shinto. Learn tips from the masters while joining fellow students in a night of learning, laughter, and great foods. Call Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge at 630-637-8899 to learn more about the two-hour sushi classes held regularly.