The boys and I all love sushi, and often have it for lunch. So it was great fun to have a go at making my own sushi using the Yutaka Sushi kit.
Disclosure: I received a Yutaka Sushi Kit for review purposes, but the opinions in this post are my own and unbiased.
It’s funny to think that until fairly recently, sushi was seen as a strange and exotic food. Nowadays, it’s just something else that we throw in the supermarket basket or choose as an option for a meal out. Lyle has been mad about sushi ever since he was a toddler, and it’s often his choice for lunch when we go out for a day of shopping. Ollie took a little longer, but he’s also a big fan now.
But have you ever tried making your own sushi? A lot of people probably still think that it’s too difficult. You hear stories of sushi chefs training for years to make a perfect nigiri, and that can put people off.
But there are some kinds of sushi that are quite easy to make at home, and the Yutaka Sushi kit is a great way to give it a try.
The kit contains a bamboo rolling mat, two sheets of nori seaweed and a boil-in-the-bag pack of sushi rice. There is also a sachet of pre-mixed sushi vinegar, together with soy sauce, sushi ginger and wasabi paste. And of course there are full instructions on how to use the kit. All you need to supply is the fillings to make two different kind of maki rolls – enough for lunch for two!
Using the kit was really simple. Normally cooking Japanese rice requires a lot of pre-washing to remove the starch before cooking. But with the Yutaka kit you simply put the bag into a saucepan of cold water and bring it to the boil. After simmering the rice for 11-12 minutes, use a sieve to drain the water from the saucepan. Return the bag to the saucepan and leave it to stand for 30 minutes with the lid on. This lets the rice steam so you get a great texture to your sushi rice.
After that, you tip the rice out of the bag into a large bowl and mix in the Sushi vinegar. Then let the rice cool to room temperature before making your sushi rolls.
I tasted the rice at this stage, and it tasted really good. Using the Yutaka kit took away the need to mix my own sushi vinegar, and there was no guesswork with cooking the rice!
Rolling the maki rolls isn’t as easy as the sushi chefs make it look. But I think I did an OK job of it! Putting a sheet of clingfilm over the bamboo roll before the seaweed sheet stops any stray grains of rice from sticking to the mat. And I would also suggest making sure that your rice is the right temperature. If it’s too hot your seaweed will go soggy, and if it’s too cold it’s harder to work with.
I filled my maki rolls with smoked salmon and cucumber, and with tuna mayonnaise. If you’re going to try using raw fish then you need to be sure that it’s sushi grade and incredibly fresh. If you’re unsure, talk to the fishmonger before you buy! Other ideas for fillings include prawn mayonnaise, sliced avocado or raw bell peppers. You could even try using something like pulled pork or duck with plum sauce!
Lyle and I shared the maki rolls for lunch. They don’t look as neat as the ones we buy, but they were fun to make and they tasted pretty good! The Yutaka kit is a really great way to have a go at making your own sushi. Once you try, you may well be hooked!
The Yutaka Sushi Kit for 2 costs around £4. It is available from supermarkets and from online stockists.