As its name suggests, California Roll is hardly a classical sushi recipe. It is, however, extremely popular across the United States and elsewhere. It is a superb blend of textures - cooked crab, avocado and cucumber.
Although it is quite possible to make a small roll with sparing amounts of these fillings, inside-out rolls allow for generous servings. A vegetarian version of the California Roll can be made using a combination of cucumber, cooked dried gourd, thinly sliced parboiled carrot, mangetouts and cream cheese!
To prepare the avocado, halve it, cutting around the stone. Remove the stone and using a large spoon scoop out the flesh from each half in one piece. Slice into strips.
|1. Cover the sushi mat with Clingfilm. Lay the seaweed paper on top and cover with a thin layer of sushi rice. Dip your fingers in a bowl of rice vinegar-water, then lightly press the rice with your fingers to secure it to the seaweed.|
|2. Turn the seaweed paper and rice over on the covered mat. Smear the seaweed paper with a little Japanese horseradish.|
|3. Top with cucumber, avocado and crab meat.|
|4. Carefully start to roll the mat, using your fingers and palms to keep the mat even and the ingredients in place.|
|5. Compress and shape the roll.|
|6. Unroll the mat and remove the Clingfilm, then sprinkle with sesame seeds and roe before cutting into six pieces. Repeat to make 2 more rolls.|
Reprinted with permission from the book:
The Sushi Cookbook
by Katsuji Yamamoto and Roger Hicks
Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.
This book unravels the secrets of the sushi bar to show you how to make perfect sushi at home. Its concise instructions, and detailed, full-color photography, will help you recreate these delicious and aesthetically pleasing cuisines.
ISBN 962 593 652 1
This lacquerware set of hashioki (chopstick rests) includes square and oblong pieces in traditional black and red. It's the ideal set for a Japanese meal and goes well with sushi, sashimi and ramen.
In Japanese table etiquette, chopsticks should always be left on chopstick rests between bites.
In recent years, hashioki have become available in a huge range of shapes, colors and sizes. We've scoured the kitchenware shops of Kappabashi to come up with our own unique sets for discerning customers. [US$15, €13.20]