Have you ever attempted making sushi? It all looks so mysterious. Debbie and Phil have a tradition of making sushi every Valentine’s Day. I’ve always wanted to try my hand, but the opportunity never presented itself; until Kyle and Joel asked me to make California Roll for their recent Gr8 Dinner! (Yay for dinner parties giving me the opportunity step outside my comfort zone!)
California Roll is the perfect “beginner” roll to start your sushi making journey. It’s full of the perfect shapes to make it easy. The most time consuming and tricky part is the sticky rice. If you don’t want to try making it, you can buy it at a Japanese market or maybe even just buy it “to go” at your local sushi restaurant. I enjoyed making it, it’s a very calming process.
I always like to know how and where people get their ideas for different foods, so I did a little research. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the California Roll is disputed between a chef in Vancouver, B.C. and a chef in Los Angeles. Smithsonian.com reports that Japan has honored the Vancouver chef with being the creator. IMHO, since it is named “California” Roll, (and since I’m from California!) I’m going with the Los Angeles chef. But it’s not really for me to say!
Hopefully, this recipe looks easy enough that you’ll want to try making this yourself. It really is fun! How about a party where you set out all the sushi making ingredients and roll your own?! If you make this, please let us know in the comments below.
I shopped at Mitsuwa Marketplace for all the Japanese products. (They are also in Chicago, New Jersey, Plano and Waikiki.)
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