I won’t try to proclaim I know what I am doing. All my knowledge is off the internet and traditional common sense. I have so much respect for the craft. But when you’re a picky foodie and you have 5 in your family who have picked up similar tastes, it’s really hard on the wallet to really eat “till your heart’s content worth” of sushi.
Last Saturday arvo, I just got the craving to really pig out on sushi.
Google Check, nearby Rufus King Seafood at Ashgrove is open and apparently offer local seafood straight from a trawler from Straddie.
Drove up, got tuna, salmon sashimi grade, oysters and some green prawns. Not a bad start.
As with all things, when you ask the professionals, is your fish sashimi grade, they will mumble and only point to a few things. Usually salmon and tuna because the logistics chain and the regulations have certain criteria that a product has to clear in order for it to sell as sashimi compliant. Well to eat well in this country full of sashimi naive beaucracy, you have to take some risks. The wild caught straddie prawns were really shiny, the green tail print was so bright, I couldn’t resist and took the risk of eating one completely raw, my wife joined. We said, ok if we die, we won’t regret it. And the rest I blanched for 10 seconds. The oysters as always landed in my and my wife’s stomachs without the kids seeing.
On the other hand, prepped some cucumber and egg for kids friendly fare.
I admit, my egg made in a frying pan was jaggety on the edges and the cucumber roll is not pretty and the sushi rice was too acidic due to too much vinegar. In the end, only 5 varieties of neta but we were happy and full with home quality sushi.
Wash your sushi rice very well. If available, get Japanese origin rice which has been hulled recently. Rice starts to oxidise and dry very soon. Don’t look at the price but look at the mill dates or best by dates. Cook rice with a sliver of konbu.
Mix rice with vinegar mix (vinegar, sugar, salt). Mix in a cutting motion trying not to make the stickiness increase. And fan while doing so to reduce the temperature.
Cut the fish beforehand.
Prepare tezu (hand vinegar). Water and vinegar 4:1 should work.
Coat your hand in tezu and clap your hands to get rid of excess tezu and to get your sushi craftsman mood up.
Mold rice into shape in your weaker hand, put some wasabi on the rice, put fish on and squeeze gently from all angles using the palm of your weaker hand and the pointer and middle finger of your dominant hand. The point is not oversqueezing. The sushi rice at cheaper restaurant you might have noticed is too hard. Try to mold the rice without making it too clumpy.
You will need a bamboo slat to make the sushi rolls.