This week is all about culture. One of the best ways to experience a culture and learn what they`re all about is through their food. Every culture has a distinct type of cuisine and they also have customs of how you are supposed to eat and serve that food.
Japan is a small island in East Asia. Their food is distinct from any other Asian cuisine. The major ingredients that are used are rice, fish, eggs, soy, and vegetables. They believe in eating from communal dishes so that food can be shared with everyone at the table. They also eat using chopsticks, as do all Asian cultures, but Japanese people believe that it is very disrepectful to ever put your chopsticks vertically into your food. This is because insense sticks stand vertically and they are used as an offering to the dead.
The Japanese are best known for one of my favorite foods… Sushi.
When most people think as sushi they think of Makizushi or Maki rolls. This is a type of sushi roll made of nori (seaweed paper), sushi rice, raw tuna, sliced vegetables, and commonly wasabi paste.
But of course this isn`t the only kind of sushi there is. There are so many variations and types that you can make. The word sushi literally means “it`s sour“ and the word is traditionally used to mean vinegared rice, usually topped with other ingredients including fish, meat, and vegetables.
But it`s not all about knowing what makes sushi. The trick is really knowing how to make good sushi. And once you have this mastered you will be able to seriously impress any one.
How to Make Sushi:
Step 1: Start with the nori. Feel both sides of the sheet of nori. One side should feel smooth and the other rough. The nori should be laying facing rough side up. Place the nori on a bamboo rolling mat.
Step 2: Wet your hands and grab a ball of sushi rice. Sushi rice is quite sticky so it is important to keep your hands wet when working with it. However you want to have your hands to be dry when working with the nori.
Step 3: Put the ball of rice in the middle of the nori sheet and spread it out to cover the sheet equally. You want to leave the upper margin of about 2cm uncovered for rolling the sushi properly later.
Step 4: Then place a slice of fish down the edge of the nori, along with slices of vegetables, such as, carrots, cucumbers, asparagus, etc.
Step 5: Starting with the closer edge of the bamboo mat roll the sushi to form a rectangular shaped hill and tighten it.
Step 6: Continue rolling the sushi and keeping it tight with each move. Make sure to put pressure on all three parts until you get to the end.
Step 7: Using a very sharp knife, cut the roll into 6 or 8 pieces depending on how big you want each piece.
Step 8: Serve with a side of soy sauce and wasabi for dipping. Enjoy! (via)
Hopefully you all get out there and try to embrace something new. If this is something that you have tried before then I hope you try to make it yourself because it is really easy once you get used to it.