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More mochi for New Years!

Mochi for New Years is a great Japanese tradition. As I mentioned yesterday there are many ways to eat it. Pictured here is Zenzai a dish featuring grilled mochi in a hot red bean soup. The red bean is a staple of Japanese desserts of course, and in this dish it contributes just the right […]

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Making Sushi at Home, part 7: Rolls Galore!

Here are some of the basic techniques for creating the common types of sushi rolls. After you’ve mastered the basics, try to experiment a little. Let’s get started. Classic Roll – take somewhat less than one full sheet, depending on skill level, and cover with sushi rice. But be sure to leave the last inch […]

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Making Sushi at Home, part 6: simple rolls

Enough preparation – let’s make some sushi! Sushi rolls are the best way to get started because they’re fun and easy and can be shared by groups of people. In Japan, simple vegetable rolls like the venerable cucumber roll are very common. These are rolled up half-sheets of nori, with rice on the inside, and […]

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Making Sushi at Home, part 5: seafood

To westerners the word “sushi” implies sushi rolls with fish toppings, or sushi rolls with fish inside, outside or both. And while it’s true that the origins of sushi were the result of people trying to preserve fish, a lot of “sushi” served in Japan actually features vegetables. Tuna is the most popular fish ingredient […]

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Making Sushi at Home, part 4: sushi rice

You may recall us mentioning that the rice is the most important ingredient; the heart and soul of the sushi. Preparing the sushi rice well is critical to the outcome. Apprentices used to spend the first couple of years mastering the techniques of sushi rice preparation, but you should be able to produce good sushi […]

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Making Sushi at Home, part 3: equipment

Almost ready to start making delicious sushi rolls, but first a few words about the equipment you’ll need. As with preparing all great foods, making great sushi requires using the proper equipment. The sushi knife is the most cherished possession of the itamai (sushi chef) and likely the most expensive as well. Don’t worry though, […]

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