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My name is Koko, I'm a Japanese Illustrator.
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I have this love and hate relationship with sushi, as a Japanese person who lives abroad.
Basically I am sick and tired of
“Koko, you’re from Japan?! I love sushi!! Can you make some?”
guwaaaaaa!!! please know… I am Japanese but sushi isn’t only Japanese food.
It’s not so common to make sushi at home. (once in a while we make Maki (roll) sushi but almost never Nigiri.)
So this post I am writing about Maki Zushi, but it’s one of the very very unusual occasion – just so you know 😉
It started from a mistake
Flower Sushi creation…. It all began from a mistake.
I bought this star shaped mold. – I wanted to make a star-shaped cucumber first, but I realized that season was too late for that. ops! Plus, I don’t have a yard … is it possible to grow cucumber indoor at home?? (anybody knows?)
So here I was standing, with the mold in my hand… I was looking at this one day – thinking…
I should be able to use something else….
One night I was making maki zushi for Z.
OH!! How about we make star-shaped Maki zushi!??!
Trivia In Japan, Maki rolls – are called “maki zushi”. If you travel to Japan and ask for “maki”, or “rolls”, locals won’t understand 😉 Always say,” Do you have Maki-zushi?” etc etc.
My son Z likes sushi, he even uses his own kids-chopsticks to eat.
And look, guess what happened !!!!! The mold size is just peeeerfect for seaweed. Whaaaaat???
< comparing seaweed length and the mold>
I may sound silly but this made me SO excited.
You know this feeling when random things fit in perfectly – unexpectedly!?!?!?
for those who gets it gotta see this blog. 😂>> http://thingsfittingperfectlyintothings.tumblr.com/
We’ll continue on Flower Sushi…
<Star Mold Form from top view >
From the side. It’s long, so enough for a maki roll!
And here is the test. Always make a test when you use a new tool…
I just mix with Tuna Furikake. Super delicious just like that. if you make rice balls for kids – recommend this to mix with rice!
It’s Katsuo (tuna fish) with soy sauce / Mirin flavor. mmm!
Overview of Flower Sushi
So here we go!!!! This is the Sushi Aat I made – “Flower Sushi”.
Don’t they look like flowers??
Creamy Scallop is so sophycated and delicious
Do you know Creamy Scallop? Not sure if it’s well-known. I think it maybe America-born sushi?
At least, I have never seen in Japan…
It was a popular menu from a local sushi take out shop near Seattle, when I lived there.
I always ordered Creamy Scallop so I decided to make them in Denmark too.
(I’m from Tokyo, but I lived & worked in Seattle before moving to Denmark)
As a side dish, I made Tamago yaki.
How to make Flower Sushi
It’s the same ingredients as normal makizushi. We don’t go deeper how much ingredients needs for how much, you can find tons of recipes on Google / YouTube 😉
But I will explain how to make maki zushi to look like a flower 🙂
For this Flower Sushi, you will need
Raw and Fresh Tuna and Salmon for sushi
Egg for omlette
Let’s Make Flower Sushi
It’s basically same method as you make a normal maki zushi with bamboo roller.
Step 1. Make Flower stems using cucumber. Cut Cucumber into quarter along the way. Adjust the shape to more like skinny triangle shape.
Step 2. Make Flower bud using fish. I cut it into long cube. Make sure it’s larger than size of cucumber
Step 3. Place rice on top of seaweed
Point Wrap your bamboo roller with plastic wraps. It will help to clean the roller much easier afterwards.
Step 4. Place cucumber and fish right next to each other. Don’t worry too much about location or shape, because once you roll it with a bamboo roller, it sort of look like flower anyways.
Step 5. Rolle the sushi normal way
Step 6. After that put the sushi into the start-mold. Close it with 2~3 rubber bands.
Step 7. Give it time about 10mins or so, until sushi is formed.
Step 8. Slice the Sushi.
Point Quickly run the cutting knife into water. Gently insert a cut, then slice sushi fast. If you do it too slow, you may break the shape of sushi.
Do you like Sushi? Rice? Get more inspiration!
If you like sushi… do you want to try for bento lunch box for kids? or you?
If so, you don’t need to put raw fish, but something different – if you interested, check out this post
Hope you enjoy today’s post!