When you want a nice, healthy snack for your friends and you but you do not want to spend hours whipping and baking, sushi can be a great choice. And if you decide to make it yourself, even better. You'll know for sure that you're using fresh ingredients, and you can even experiment a little and create your own customized sushi dish to impress everyone. If you've never had the chance to roll sushi, check out how you can easily make it and, more importantly, what drinks will go perfectly with this Japanese dish.
Start by preparing the ingredients
You’ll need seafood, we suggest fresh salmon, rice, 4 sheets of nori, i.e. dried sushi seaweed and 1 cup of chopped veggies – you can use carrots, cucumbers, red pepper and avocado. You’ll also need soy sauce and pickled ginger for extra flavour and wasabi if you want it to be super spicy. Moreover, you'll need 1 cup of white rice, 2 cups of water, 3 tbsp of rice vinegar, 2 tbsp of sugar and ½ tsp of salt for preparing the rice. One of the most important parts of sushi making is preparing the rice because if you don't cook it well, your sushi won't taste as delicious as it was supposed to.
Make the rice properly
If you have a rice cooker, your sushi will be almost as good as the one from a restaurant. Start by using a fine mesh strainer to rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Continue by combining rice and water in the cooker. Leave it until it comes to a boil and then lower the temperature. If you’re using a regular saucepan, cover and cook it until the water is absorbed. It shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes. While the rice is cooking, add salt, sugar and vinegar to a smaller saucepan and heat it up over medium heat. Wait until the salt and sugar are dissolved, then grab a jar and pour the mixture into it, putting it away in the fridge to cool down. While the rice is cooking, the mixture will cool down enough to be ready to combine with the rice. You’ll know that the rice is ready once it is completely dry and sticky.
Roll the sushi
You probably had time to chop the veggies while the rice was cooking, so after the rice is ready, it’s time to start rolling the sushi. If you do not have a sushi mat, you can use a thick towel and a plastic wrap instead. Take a sheet of nori and place it on the mat, then spread the rice all over the sheet. Your hands should be wet so that the rice doesn't stick to your fingers. Don't use too thick a layer of rice so that you can put plenty of veggies and seafood in it too. Arrange the veggies and your seafood of choice in a line at the bottom of the sheet. Roll the nori and the rice with your fingers. Once you get the sushi roll, use a sharp knife to cut the roll into sushi slices. Get your soy sauce, pickled ginger or wasabi, and you’re all set for a delicious meal.
Pair it with whiskey
Every dish needs a refreshing beverage to go with it, and sushi will taste delicious with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Sushi will taste wonderful with the renowned Nikka whiskey, making your palate enjoy every single sip. Sushi tends to leave a lingering fish taste on your palate, and if you want a drink to clear out your mouth and leave you refreshed, try out whiskey even if it sounds too strong at first. Trust us, you'll enjoy every bite that follows.
Sushi and wine
Wine is another great drink to pair with sushi, but you have to be careful about the selection of wine because not all wines will taste good with sushi. A crisp, clean wine made in Japan from Koshu grapes will be an excellent beverage to go with sushi. Sparkling wines and champagnes along with dry Prosecco, very dry Riesling and young red Burgundy are also some of the liquors to consider when having sushi.
If you like sushi but don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a restaurant meal, learn how to quickly and easily make homemade sushi. Make sure you know exactly what drinks to have with sushi too if you want to have a full Japanese cuisine experience and look forward to the next one.