So you thought sushi was all about raw fish? On International Sushi Day, here’s all you need to know about the Japanese delicacy, how to roll it at home and eat it in a glass too
Sign up for a DIY sushi masterclass
In the 2011 American documentary, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, which lets you in on the renowned 85-year-old Japanese chef Jiro Ono’s quest for mastering the art of making sushi at his 10-seater, three-Michelin starred sushi diner, Sukiyabashi Jiro in a Tokyo subway station, Ono mentions, ‘The most important part of making good sushi is creating a union between the rice and the fish. If they are not in complete harmony, the sushi won’t taste good.’
If you’re keen to learn the art yourself, sign up for a two-and-half hour hands-on sushi masterclass in Khar, organised by Bluebulb, a city-based experience curating company. “We have been organising this workshop since last December and the response has grown quite a bit.
Sushi is still a fine-dining phenomenon, and will stay so until more budget sushi outlets debut. However, there is a growing awareness that sushi is not raw fish. You can also make vegetarian sushi, because essentially it is a roll prepared with vinegar-soaked cold rice and a garnish, which can be anything you like, even leftover tandoori chicken,” says co-founder Regan Rodricks.
Celebrity chef Anjali Pathak, who has taught sushi-making classes for four years in London, before she moved to India last year, will conduct the workshop. Each guest will learn to craft two Maki rolls — Futomaki (fat roll) and Uramaki (inside-out roll). “I will use salmon as the raw fish filling and also teach guests how to make Yakitori, Japanese-style grilled skewered meat or vegetable served with a tare (sauce). They can choose vegetarian or non-vegetarian options,” says Pathak.
On June 18, 7 pm
At: Khar (W).
Call: 30770185 LOG ON TO www.bluebulb.in
What makes a sushi spread?
1. Futomaki (fat rolls) made with three fillings by chef Anjali Pathak comprise:
2. Sushi Rice is short grain rice with a sticky texture flavoured with vinegar, salt, sugar and occasionally with sake. Sushi can be made with brown, black or white rice.
3. The black-coloured seaweed wrappers are called nori. They’re made from sea kelp or algae, rolled thin and allowed to dry in the sun before being cut into sheets.
Chef Anjali Pathak
4. Sushi grade fish must be frozen at extremely cold temperatures to kill parasites. Salmon is a favourite variety of fish used in sushi. Other varieties are tuna, soft shell crab, eel, yellow tail, snapper, crab and mackerel.
5. Made of wooden bamboo sticks, the mat used to roll sushi is called makisu.
Pair sushi with sake
Tatami, a Japanese kitchen and sake bar that opened in Bandra a few months ago offers 24 varieties of Japanese rice wine to accompany the eats. “Recommended pairings for any salmon-based sushi are the Asabiraki Honjyozo Namachozshu and Hakushika Namachozoshu because they’re fresh and light,” informs co-owner Neha Premjee, adding, “Sushi makes for a balanced, nutritious meal. One can derive all the macronutrients (protein from fish or cheese, carbohydrates from rice and healthy omega-3 fats from varieties like salmon and sesame seeds which are often added to the preparation). Besides, it’s high in fibre.”
Know your sushi
Hosomaki: A traditional thin, cylindrical piece featuring half nori sheet and single filling.
Futomaki: A fat-rolled sushi using the entire nori sheet with two or three fillings.
Nigiri: A thin slice of raw fish laid over hand-pressed sushi rice.
Uramaki: An inside out roll where the filling is surrounded by nori and then covered in a layer of sushi rice.
Sashimi: Fresh raw meat or fish sliced into thin pieces.
How to eat sushi
>> Eat with hands and not chopsticks.
>> Have it while it’s fresh.
>> It is served with condiments like wasabi (Japanese horseradish), soy sauce and Gari (pickled ginger). Dip only once in soy sauce else the rice will absorb too much sauce and fall apart. If you need more, brush it on the roll with a piece of Gari.
One on one
Get set for a celebration. For every Sushi platter you order, you get a platter with compliments from the restaurant. This offer will last all through the day on June 18. Savour delights like a California Dream in Maki Rolls, Cucumber and Plum Paste Maki Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls, Seabass Nigiri.
On: Today, 12 noon to 3.30 pm, 7 pm to 1.30 am
At: Nom Nom T P S Road, Junction Of 16Th & 33Rd Road, Opposite Mini Punjab, Bandra (W).
Enjoy complimentary sushi
All the guests who walk in for dining will be offered a complimentary platter of pre-plated sushi on the house, which includes Cucumber Maki, Crispy Spicy Avocado Maki, Non Veg California Maki and the Tuna Maki rolls.
On: Today, 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm to 1 am
At: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli.