The best thing about moving to a new area is discovering all the little things that there are on offer. The other day while grocery shopping, I discovered a little Japanese supermarket right next to Woolworths. Though some of the items were a bit of a mystery (especially for a vegetarian), I picked up a few ingredients and headed home to make sushi for dinner.
I also came across a big bag of inari pockets, which I snapped up quickly as they are one of our favourites at sushi train.
If you have never come across inari before, it can look a little scary, but it is just fried tofu that is stuffed with rice. Give it a go when you see it go past on a sushi train, as I think you will be surprised by the sweetness that you normally don’t get from sushi.
Though we eat sushi out all the time, it is rare for me to make it at home, as it takes a bit of time – something we rarely have too much of. In saying that, it is the perfect Sunday afternoon event, so you can potter around and take your time and still eat at a reasonable hour.
There are plenty of instructions available online for making sushi, so I won’t pain you with my instructions as someone who isn’t an expert on the topic. It really is easy to do if you have a bamboo mat (which I have even seen in my local grocery store), proper sushi rice and rice vinegar, to keep it all sticking together.
Fill the sushi with whatever you like. I used cucumber, capsicum, carrot, lettuce and tofu. Avocado and asparagus would be a fabulous filling also.
Not the prettiest sushi, but that didn’t affect the taste.
Sushi platter at home… Perfect dinner.
Serve with soy sauce, japanese mayo & wasabi.
Photos from: my camera