11 Aug, 2007
Home Made California Roll
Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food
A new post after quite some time, we really have to keep this blog going. Anyway, something special this time – Homemade Japanese food.
Well, it’s not as complicated as you think, I’ll start off with the easier one – the Miso Soup. I sure most of you are familiar with this soup. It’s a very common soup in Japan which is generally served every morning. For your ingredients, you need dashi (fish stock), shiro miso (miso paste), wakame (seaweed) and tofu. By the way, this is a really simple recipe of preparing miso soup. You can actually add many other ingredients such as potatoes, cabbage, leeks, bean sprouts etc.
So, to start off, boil the dashi and water together. Dashi is a soup base which provides an authentic miso soup. After that, add in the shiro miso and dissolve it completely in the soup. Before turning off the heat, add tofu and wakame and finally the soup can be served.
Also, in the process of cooking, take note of the colour of the soup, the darker the colour, the stronger the taste. Indulge yourself with your own favour.
For California roll, you have to have the ingredients of sushi rice, nori (seaweed), sushi vinegar, prawns, tobiko (flying fish roes), cucumber, crab sticks, lettuce leaves and Japanese mayonnaise.
First, you have to prepare the vinegared rice beforehand. Obviously you have to cook the rice. After that, mix the sushi vinegar well so that the rice will be seasoned evenly. Leave the warm vinegared rice to cool for approximately 30 minutes.
After preparing all the ingredients as shown from the photos, spread out the vinegared rice slightly on the nori sheet and place a bit of the rice on one end of the nori sheet. After that top the vinegared rice with lettuce leaves, prawns, cucumber, crab sticks and tobiko as shown from the photo above. Be careful not to add too much ingredients on the nori sheet or else it would be very difficult to roll it into a cone.
Here comes the most difficult process of all. Starting from the bottom corner of the sheet, roll it into a neat cone shape. When it’s done, you can add more tobiko on the top of the cone. Serve the California roll immediately otherwise the nori will be dampen by the ingredients inside.
Here’s the end product, ready to be served. Healthy and delicious!