November 17, 2004
Sushi Roll

A lot of people in the West mistakenly think of Japanese sushi as “raw fish”. This is most certainly NOT the case!

The term “sushi” is Japanese for “vinegar rice” - which is the classic short-grained rice that, when cooked, is rather sticky - and then folded in seasoned rice-vinegar. The sushi rice is typically served with various fish and vegetable accompaniments - and in various styles.

Today I got up early in the morning to prepare my lunch to take to the office: “Sushi Roll”.

Preparing Sushi.

Click here to learn how to make this really tasty (and healthy) lunch-time dish.

Sushi Roll - today’s lunch!

Posted by jag at November 17, 2004 10:45 PM

absolutely 100% wow! I’m so impressed.

Posted by: David on November 18, 2004 07:57 AM

Jag, Its nice & different. Having seen most of the Tandoori recipes in your food blog, this one is much different. Tempts me to try the vegetarian version of Sushi roll.

Thanks for the wonderful narration.

Posted by: Chakra on November 18, 2004 09:11 AM


Posted by: Stu on November 18, 2004 01:54 PM

To be honest, I knew sushi was not raw fish it is in fact sashimi that is raw fish. I anjoy all kinds of Asian food, especially as my wife is from Pakistan. I met her while on holiday there. But I must admit I do really enjoy Japanese food. But having had to live in Japan for a few years, I kind of gre to like it all.
But anyway, I like what you have written and was really great. First time I have been on your site. I was wondering have you ever been to Oriental City? It used to be all Japanese but now it is melting pot of all things East Asian. You should go, you will love it there.

Posted by: Steve james Barnett on November 18, 2004 04:00 PM

David: cheers! You obviously are a sushi lover - yes?

Chakra: Thanks! I hope you do get to try it sometime - as it is a lot of fun! And there are an infinity of vegetable combinations too! But you know what: a lot of Japanese find that plain cucumber sushi roll is simply great! And I would have to agree!

Stu: Indeed! (It was tasty - even though my sushi rolls were not quite perfectly rounded!)

Steve: many thanks for your comment: yes - the raw fish dishes are known as “sashimi” - just as you say. I’m glad you grew to like the Japanese food - as I think it is really quite special. And yes - I have been to oriental City - I go there almost every week or so! Because it is only a few mins from where I live! I used to go every weekend when it was purely Japanese - it was called Yaohan Plaza in those days - but now it is a mixture of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese, malay, Singapore etc. And it is still GREAT! Check out an article I did on Oriental City at:

Or just type “oriental city” into Google - and you will see my article about 5 entries from down.

Posted by: Jag on November 18, 2004 09:20 PM

ahhh i love making sushi, we usually make it without any raw fish, just vegetables and the like. Home made sushi’s lovely, and nicer priced. Though can get fiddly when rolling.

Posted by: Jaina on November 19, 2004 05:57 PM

Couldn’t agree more Jaina! Actually - I don’t mind uncooked fish - especially fresh tuna. Not too keen on uncooked salmon though.

Posted by: Jag on November 19, 2004 08:02 PM

Hi there…I am eternally in love with sushi. Although I love to try new things I hadnot given sushi a thought as I imagined it to be too difficult. I had tried the Kheema recipe earlier and t rocks. Thanks.

Posted by: gineesha on November 20, 2004 02:24 AM

Hmm. Seems quite different from the recipes on your Food Roll.

But this requires a visit to the local Japanese Grocery store. I am pretty sure that I wont be able to find Seasoned Rice Vinegar lying around in the normal supermarkets.

And is it that quick to make that it is a lunch time dish?

Posted by: sat on November 20, 2004 02:50 AM

Hello Gineesha - well now you know: it’s actually quite simple to prepare sushi - it requires very little my the way of kitchen equipment - and only one thing to cook really - and that’s the rice! The only challenging thing is rolling up the futo-maki - which will take a little practice to get properly rounded.

Glad you tried (and liked) the kheema!

Sat: yes - slightly different from the other recipes - but hey: why not? :-) And yes - you prob won’t find the seasoned rice vinegar in the normal supermarkets - nor the “nori” (toasted seaweed sheets) - nor the “maki” bamboo sushi mat. But since the USA has had an obession with Japanese food for several years now - I bet you can find these things quite easily somewhere in downtown Austin. In fact - I would prob start with the Japanese student fraternity/society at your university for pointers in the right direction if you’re interested in giving these a go.

It takes about 25 mins to make the rice - including the washing, cooking, vinegaring and cooling. Then about 15 mins to prepare two rolls, slicing them and cling-filming them. So you really need an hour before setting off for work/school to make this for lunch. So - not as quick as making a sandwich - but much betterway of impressing your friends!

Posted by: Jag on November 20, 2004 09:31 AM

But let me first become a good Indian cook before I venture on to Japanese dishes.
True, there are a lot of places that do offer Japanese items.

And downtown Austin - I can probably find Japanese restaurants, rather than Japanese stores.

1 hour is a way tooo long for me. Besides, I have to take lunch only 2 days in a week. Rest of the days, classes are late enough that I dont need lunch.

And I usually end up taking leftovers from previous dinners to lunch.

And my friends seem to get impressed even at the thought of cooking some exotic Indian curries.

Posted by: sat on November 21, 2004 06:33 AM

Wow -is there no end to your culinary talent?! Looks fabulous.

Posted by: Vicky on November 24, 2004 09:19 PM

Cheers Vicky!

Posted by: Jag on November 25, 2004 10:39 PM

Looking for some sushi and.…WOW!!
Tried this …yummo…thanks for sharing!!
I’m an Aussie Gal with a japanese tastebud!

Posted by: Georgie on December 29, 2004 01:57 AM

Hi Georgie - thanks for the feedback! And glad you like Japanese food too!

Posted by: Jag on December 29, 2004 06:59 PM
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