January 4, 2013

Can developer do a Sushi? Yes :)

Hello everybody, today I want to show you that developers can do more than only develop software.
I'm going to show you step-by-step solution about how to do a sushi and what do we need for that.

I'm junior sushi-developer and some of these cooking-steps are not perfect (as in original Japan cooking..).

In this article I'm going to describe how to do some custom-sushi roll from that stuff which I found in my fridge. If you want to do such rolls like California, Philadelphia and other - the whole receipt will be the same but only with different ingredients.

Content:

  1. Ingredients overview.
  2. Cooking rice.
  3. Cooking Tomago (Japanese sweet egg omelet).
  4. Prepare sushi filling.
  5. Make a sushi roll.
  6. Cut a roll.
  7. Results.

*Be careful, a lot of photos...


1. Ingredients overview.

  • 500g Glutinous white rice (sushi rice)
  • 400g Pickled salmon
  • 150g Tobikko (flying fish caviar)
  • 100g Sesame seeds
  • 6 Nori sheets
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (I used Almette cream cheese here)
  • 2 Cucumber
  • 1 Tomago
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Rice vinegar
*Approximately rolls count = 11

2. Cooking rice.

1. Wash rice:


2.1 If you are using Saucepan:
Put rice into the saucepan, add water (water amount = 1.2 * rice amount) in our situation we will use 600ml. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Rice should be tender and water should be absorbed. Do not take away the lid until the process is over!!!

2.2 If you are using Steamer:
Put rice into the steamer, add water (water amount = 1 * rice amount) in our situation we will use 500ml. Turn on the steamer and cook for 25 minutes (or better read the instruction for your steamer). Rice should be tender and water should be absorbed.



3. Prepare vinegar-sauce
Put the next ingredients into small saucepan:
  • 4 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.


4. Add vinegar-sauce to rice.


Cool, then pour into the cooked rice and stir it. When you pour this into the rice it will seem very wet. Keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools.
Our rice for sushi is done.

3. Cooking Tomago (Japanese sweet egg omelet).

Combine next ingredients in the plate:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy

Stir it slightly we should avoid bubbles...
As you can see on the next photos, there are a lot of big white areas (this is egg white) on the pan. This is because I'm too lazy to stir it a lot.



Heat a frying pan at medium heat.
Pour the ~1/4 part of egg mix into the pan. When the egg looks opaque and you can begin to roll it up. After you have rolled up this - pour another 1/4 part and do the same things. Repeat this until the whole egg mix is not used.




Get few wipes and roll up our tomago into it. (Wipes will remove all useless oil from omelet) Also you may put something heavy on omlete to make a nice shape.



4. Prepare sushi fillings.

Clean cucumbers and avocado.
Cut all ingredients into small pieces like on the picture below:



5. Make a sushi roll.

While making a sushi your hands should be a bit wet, to avoid rice sticking. I have separate plate with clean water for that.

Nori inside:
This sushi usually are bigger than 'rice inside'. You can put a lot of filling and don't worry about rolling.

1. Take 0.5 of Nori sheet.
2. Put rice on the rough side of Nori sheet like on the picture. Do not use a lot of rice.

3. Put fillings (cream chees, tomago, salmon, avocado, cucumber)


4. Roll it.

5. Cover the roll with Tobikko or Sesame seeds or thin parts of salmon/avocado
6. You may grip you roll one more time.
7. Your roll is Done!


Rice inside:
This sushi usually are smaller than 'nori inside' and contains only one or two types of filling.

1. Take 0.5 of Nori sheet.
2. Put rice on the rough side of Nori sheet like on the picture. Do not use a lot of rice.



3. Put salmon
4. Roll it.
7. Your roll is Done!

6. Cut a roll.

Cut all rolls to 8 pieces.
Knife should be sharp and wet (to avoid rice sticking).


*This is not all result sushi. Before doing this photo I've already ate few rolls. :)


7. Results.

Here are all the sushi I've done from all these ingredients.






Do not afraid to experiment and feel free with different illings.

Bon appetite.


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