My wife have been craving for sushi for weeks now I am not sure why but last week we got a real good doze of sushi goodness from Narita in Takapuna, where the food and service was excellent (every order was greeted with a smile)! We ordered the 5 course set which consists of different dishes across their menu like edamame, chicken teriyaki, some really rare beef (I cannot remember the name), sushi boat, udon, dessert, and everyhting was spot on. After that the craving did not stop and she decided to make her own one.
As everyone knows Shushi originated in Japan but the traditional ones are way much different than the modern sushi as the traditional form is made out of fermented fish not fresh ones which is preserved in salt. The direct traslation of the word sushi means “its sour” which you can now trace from the tradition of fermenting fish. Now to have a bit of explanation about how the fish ferments, since it is packed in rice it extracts a natural vinegar (similar to how rice wines are fermented) which breaks the proteins on the fish therefore creating that distinct taste called umami (Similar taste you get from MSG, Ajinamoto)
To make sushi you need these common ingredients, Sushi rice (a short grain Japanese rice, nearly resembles risotto rice) dressed in mirin (a type of vinegar which is sweet), Next is the Nori which is a dried seaweed wrap and the fillings which can be fish, squid (ika), ell (unagi), octopus (tako), shrimp (ebi) and crab (kani) are just a few of what can be used. Now for this recipe we will be using the most commong sushi flavour in New Zealand which is Salmon Avocado which this country is abundant of.
i need to go to wagamama or aya next time i head to the city. lol i should stop coming here coz everytime i come here i end up thinking of foods!! and craving! argh! food porn!! 😛 hey, is that the one you made or the one from the japanese resto you went to?? it looks like it was made by a pro!! im hungry again. 🙁
Thanks for the best comment I got so far from blogging! (referring to made by a pro).
All the pictures and food here are all home made and there are no commercially bought ones, unless its a dish review from a restaurant which I will be introducing soon.
Sushi is so adorable, I wish I could make it. It just looks so complex! But the picture looks gorgeous which makes me think that maybe I should try it…
Where do you get your japanese ingredients from? M from Auckland. Cheers.
I get them from fresh and save in Porana Rd Glenfield, also in Pak n Save they have an International Section but limited to the popular Japanese items such as sushi rice, nori, pickled ginger, mirin, wasabi and curry. Also theres a shop in the city called made in Nippon.
im nowhere near the other side of the ditch but i just found out that there is a fresh and save branch here in manukau. i’ll be a regular visitor of your blog. thanks heaps.
Sushi is very healthy for human consumption. I love eating Sushi.
I love the recipes.