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Mike's Sushi School 101 Recipe

Mike's Sushi School 101 Recipe
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Prepare the ingredients before making Mike's Sushi School 101 in your home. Then, follow these steps below to serve Mike's Sushi School 101 for your family or friends.

Ingredients: Mike's Sushi School 101

  • Traditional & Reverse California Rolls
  • 1 A Love Of Sushi & Sashimi
  • 2 Art Appreciation
  • 3 Determination
  • 4 Creativity
  • 5 Patience
  • 6 Time
  • 7 Lastly, remember this. If preparing Sushi were an easy art, it would be called, "Rice n' stuff." ;0)

How to Make Mike's Sushi School 101

If you have prepared the ingredients needed, now time to start cooking. There are 29 steps you must follow to make Mike's Sushi School 101 in your home by yourself.

    Step 1
  • THE DEFINITION OF SUSHI
  • Step 2
  • "A Japanese dish consisting of small rolls of vinegar flavored, cooked rice usually served at room temperature or, chilled with a garnish of raw fish, [or, Sashimi] vegetables or eggs."
  • Step 3
  • * Chef's Note: Fruits & meats are at times utilized in Sushi, but rarely so.
  • Step 4
  • SUSHI RICE DIRECTIONS
  • Step 5
  • #1 White rice, [or, Hakumai] is considered by Japanese Chefs, [or, Itamaes] as the most vital aspect of Sushi. Without question, it's widely believed to be, "The Soul of Sushi," if you will.
  • Step 6
  • The proper preparation of sushi rice is so important to the Japanese that Itamaes spend their first two years of their seven year apprenticeship perfecting sushi rice alone.
  • Step 7
  • Curiously enough, brown sushi rice [or, Genmai] isn't as common place in Sushi dishes. However, it is gaining popularity in both Japan & the US for not only its earthy taste but texture & health benefits as well. In fact, you may have recently heard of Spam Sushi wrapped in seaweed, [or, Nori] & Genmai made popular by
  • Step 8
  • SUSHI ROLL ASSEMBLY, SUSHI FILLERS & PLATE SERVICE
  • Step 9
  • DIRECTIONS FOR THE REVERSE CALIFORNIA ROLL [seaweed on the outside]
  • Step 10
  • #17 Place your seaweed, [or, Nori] on your clean, Ziplock sealed bamboo mat with the shiny side of your Nori facing down. Wet your fingers with your bowl of water & shake off excess before picking up any sticky rice. Do this at regular intervals as the rice will continually stick to your fingers.
  • Step 11
  • Begin adding your sticky rice to your Nori in the middle of it. Don't pack or smear the rice, you'll only break it. Just gently tap the rice down at approximately 1/4" in thickness.
  • Step 12
  • Spread your rice to all edges and corners of yourNori but stop spreading rice layer 90% of the way AWAY from you at the furthest end of your Nori. You'll need this empty lip to seal your Sushi.
  • Step 13
  • #18 At this point, you'll be looking down at a square piece of seaweed that is 90% covered wall to wall in warm rice & 10% of the end FURTHEST away from you should be completely clean.
  • Step 14
  • #19 Now, at 1"
  • Step 15
  • SUSHI PRESENTATION
  • Step 16
  • #35 There are five primary points to remember before making sushi. These are flavor, freshness, color, texture & presentation. Each, I assue you, are equally important. With that said, let's focus for a second on presentation regarding both the Sushi & the serving plates. For starters, try to pick contrasting colors that compliment one another when serving your guests their meal.
  • Step 17
  • #36 Don't just throw your Sushi on a forgettable plate wily nilly. Consider how important a colorful presentation is. Especially since the natural, vivid colors of Sushi can literally force your plate appear more vibrant & alive! Always remember, we feed with or eyes before we do our mouths!
  • Step 18
  • * Chef's Note: Not only are sushi dishes one of the most photographed by diners, more often than not, when presented skilfully & artfully, they're quite the conversation starter!
  • Step 19
  • For instance, consider a Okonomi Tuna strip. Imagine its naturally deep yellow squash color atop a pristine bed of white r
  • Step 20
  • SUSHI PRECAUTIONS
  • Step 21
  • #39 Make certain to keep all seafood & their juices away from every other item [utensils & counter tops, food or otherwise] until you're ready to assemble your rolls. Cross contamination can easily result in food poisoning & is a real concern in Sushi preparation. 
  • Step 22
  • Conversely, while safety would dictate you wear gloves throughout the preparation of Sushi & Sashmi, I wouldn't recommend them. Seafood preparation being the only exception.
  • Step 23
  • Sushi is just one of those foods you have to completely feel to get right. Especially with Nigiri Sushi & the hand molding required. You need to feel the weight, texture & temperature of the rice to successfully work with it. Just wash up well & regularly.
  • Step 24
  • Separation of seafood products is also important for those with allergies to shellfish. For guests with minor shellfish allergies, a good practice is to create all of your non-seafood rolls first, plate them up & set far to the side long before you touch anything seafood related.
  • Step 25
  • THE DEFINITION OF SASHMI
  • Step 26
  • "A Japanese dish of bite sized pieces of raw fish eaten with Soy Sauce and Wasabi paste."
  • Step 27
  • #44 To clarify the quote above, while raw pieces of fish served alone with no rice are indeed called, "Sashmi," know that Sashmi can also placed upon elongated balls of rice. These bites are called, "Okonomi Sushi." However, if served over rice, this method is still referred to as Sushi or Zushi. [see #47]
  • Step 28
  • #45 The most popular Sushi related seafoods in the US are listed in no particular order as Salmon, Yellow Fin, Yellow Tail, Blue Fin, Uni, [sea urchin] Fatty Tuna Belly, Roe, Spiny Lobster Tail, Prawn, Crab, Clam, Oyster, Snapper, Scallop, Halibut, Eel, Octopus & Mackerel.
  • Step 29
  • Shrimp & Imitation Crab Meat [or, Kani Kama]  are amongst the most popular pre-steamed options. Kani Kama is usually made with pressed Pollock or generic white fish & is regularly substituted for real crab meat. It's most commonly found in the California Roll. This white fish will also last longer
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