Learn How to Make Sushi Maki

Sushi Maki

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Sushi Maki

Sushi has been a popular addition to the American kitchen in the last decade. Ethnic grocery stores and sushi bars are a common sight in larger cities, such as St. Louis. It used to be a bit of a problem to find ingredients in my area but now Sushi bars are making their way into the smallest cities. Services such as Kazari offer delicacies that can be purchased online and shipped for making sushi at home.

Sushi is healthy, delicious and can certainly be gorgeous eye candy. Bite size pieces of rice, vegetables, fish and meat buried in the center of a beautiful bed of sushi rice that tastes like heaven if made correctly. Sushi Maki is any sushi that has been rolled in a mat - it doesn't matter what is used - if you use seaweed paper or the ingredients.

Sashimi is typically raw fish layered on top of a bed of rice. Sashimi translated means "raw". In the 1800's a man named Yohei Hanaya began to sell Sashimi from a cart. It was fast finger food.

Patrons would hurry and eat these finger licking good creations and then wipe their fingers on the material that was used for the curtains on the cart. If a cart such as this had a clean set of curtains - it was a sure sign to stay away from it.

If you plan to visit a sushi bar it is a huge advantage to understand a bit about sushi and it's origin. When ever you venture into another culture it is imperative that you do some homework prior to your visit. This will ensure that you not embarrass the host and you will have a full calendar of invites.

Oishi, Chesterfield, Missouri

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Specialty and gormet shops feature every "hard to find" ingredient and also offer pre-made delicacies.
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If you want to visit a sushi bar or have been invited as a guest - there are a few things to know that will make you and your companions more comfortable. If you have a special date you might want to go for broke and make your own. It's not only delicious food but it's sexy food.

Japanese chefs believe that food should be prepared to satisfy all of the senses. For this reason they do not follow our American traditional matching dinner ware. Not only should food look, taste and smell perfect but it should be served on a beautiful dish that compliments the texture and color of the food.

Each meal usually begins with Green Tea and a hot steamy towel to clean your hands. If your cup is empty you should wait for someone to fill it for you. It is rude to fill your own cup. An empty cup is always a signal that you want more tea so if you are finished, leave your cup full.

It is appropriate and acceptable to eat sushi with your fingertips or chopsticks.

No matter how beautiful the food looks don't be tempted to over-fill your plate. It is considered rude behavior.

It is also customary to use a rest for the tips of your chop sticks. Never place them on the table, you should use your plate or a napkin if you do not have a chopstick rest. The tips of your chopsticks should also face left. If you place your chopsticks on the table facing the right - it is bad luck!

Sushi prepared at "Oishi" in Chesterfield, Missouri.
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There is evidence that the mountain people in Thailand were using processes to preserve river fish by fermenting it as early as 500 B.C.E. China had similar processes but they seemed to get lost when Mongolia reigned over China (1368 - 1644). Japanese people were just beginning to learn to grow rice so it is believed these processes originated in Southeast Asia and spread to Japan.

Sushi was derived of fermented fish and rice. The rice was used to preserve the fish and it took a few years to complete this process. The fish was eaten and the rice was discarded. Later when they discovered a faster way to ferment the fish, they realized the rice also had a tangy taste and could be eaten as well.

Sushi Chef's typically are trained for many years. They traditionally begin to learn to cook rice at about 15 years old. They cook rice for about two years. This aspect must be mastered before they can begin to learn to prepare sushi.

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Every sushi roll is not created equal but a beautiful beginning always starts with good quality sushi rice and seaweed paper. The rest is up to the chef. Many Sushi Chef's have their own brilliant combinations of ingredients that are their claim to fame. Choices of what to roll inside are endless and this allows room for so much personal creativity in the presentation of the dish.

How to Roll Sushi

Sushi does look like it would be incredibly difficult to make but it is actually very simple. The key is to take your time and have all of your supplies ready. You should make sure that you prep all of your vegetables in advance. Sushi should be prepared within an hour of the time you plan to serve it. It is best fresh and should not sit at room temperature for more than a couple of hours maximum. The rice dries out and if it is hot there may be things that could spoil and cause food poisoning.

Choose your ingredients, prep and set them out neatly for efficiency. Pour a 1/2 a teaspoon of rice vinegar in a few tablespoons of water and keep this dish next to your mat.

Layer the rolling mat and seaweed paper. Use a wooden spoon to ladle rice onto the paper. The trick to spreading the rice perfectly even is to dip your fingers in your bowl of rice water frequently. It keeps the sticky rice from sticking to you. Flatten the rice with your fingertips and spread it upward covering the entire sheet of paper except for a 1/2 inch border. (see photograph).

The combination of ingredients one can use to construct sushi is endless. From eggs to fish to tofu - just about anything you like can be combined into a sushi roll. Place the ingredients of your choice in approximately the top 1/3 part of your rice. When you begin rolling you want the items to be in the center of the roll.

It is as simple as that. Roll the mat forward until you have met the empty edge of the paper.

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Inside Out Sushi

Inside out sushi is another variation that not only is pretty but allows different ingredients to be incorporated into the taste. It is so simple to roll your sticky rice into so many colorful ingredients such as toasted sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, or roe that can texture as well.

Follow the instructions for a regular sushi roll but put a layer of Saran Wrap over the rice after you are satisfied that it is evenly layered. Place your fillers directly on top of the seaweed paper and roll using the saran wrap to form the roll. I used my mat to help shape and size it and then continued to roll upward.

I did not have any Saran Wrap but I did what any good cook would do. I improvised and used waxed paper. It worked better than Saran Wrap in my experience. If I wanted to save it - Saran would have been more appropriate.

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Once you have completed the roll you will want to slice it into one inch sections. This can be accomplished much easier if you have a very sharp knife and a bowl of the rice vinegar water. Dip the tip of the knife into the water and let it run down the length of the knife prior to cutting each section for a smooth cut.

You can add additions to enhance the flavor or visual appeal or serve it simply with soy sauce.

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Summer Sushi

Sushi can also be served as a dessert. This piece above was made using a thin strip of a Hothouse cucumber. The cup has a rice bottom topped fresh blueberries. A sauce made of finely diced chili pepper and a few tablespoons of honey is drizzled over all to finish. The combination of sweet and hot is delightful.

Fresh fruit or a light gelatin is a common dessert to pair with a sushi dinner.

Sushi is a mix of ordinary food served in an exquisite arrangement that will not only please the palate but also satisfy the soul to the extraordinary end.


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"I've been making sushi for 38 years and I am still learning. You have to consider the size and color of ingredients, how much salt and vinegar to use and how the seasons affect the fattiness of the fish." ~Maraharu Morimoto

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

yum...Sushi is my fav too esp for eating. Making, I feel requires patience thus, have given up on it.

Reason:-Indian cooking also requires lot of sauteeing/chopping/spices and rolling. So, I feel that if I wanna indulge in other cuisines...should give myself a break and venture out and that will help improve the economy ;)

btw...loved the manicured hands (red nail polish!) when rolling the sea weed :)

you have written a well informed hub on its history and its making...well done!! voted up as useful and interesting :)


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Kelly. First of all I love sushi so this grabbed my attention right away. I've always gone out for sushi, never really thought about making it but your made it seem so simple with your step by step instructions. I also learned some much needed sushi etiquette. Will definitely have to give this a try. Very well written Hub, great job. Voting up, sharing, etc..


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

When I first moved to Maui, I was the house guest of a Japanese lady. She made sushi daily and I had never eaten it. I watched her a time or two, but I never tried to make it myself. Great food to take in a cooler to the beach. Same lady turned me on to the mangoes growing on her tree.

The cruise ship I went on had a free sushi bar every evening that was always crowded. It's delicious! I loved the Samosa bar too. The food is so awesome on a cruise ship.

Well, nice to know you know how to make sushi! And Chicken and Dumpling too. What a housewife!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Ruchira - yeah I actually did have to stop and do a manicure! haha Typing a lot does nothing for the nails -I figured red would be nice against the color and texture of seaweed:) haha

It isn't that hard to make it but I sure wouldn't want to have to do it for a whole party - I only make this for special dinners or appetizers. I don't use meat in mine at all either....I am bigger on vegetables. I would eat the professionally prepared but not raw meat from around here! I'd probably die for sure!

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi bdegiulio - I love sushi too! My kids are ok with it and most of the restaurants that serve it are miles away from here. I knew I had to learn to make it for myself. It isn't hard at all but I agree it looks like it would be tricky!

Thank you so much for the read and comment!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Lela - oh you should have tried that sushi your friend made! I so love it. When I first tried it - there were zero sushi places around me. I started trying to make it right away! After just a couple of times I felt like mine was looking (and more importantly tasting) pretty good!

I know I would have loved those mangoes. I am so looking forward to our trip because they serve the fresehest, sweetest cut fruit for breakfast lunch and dinner at the hotel - I love it!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for delicious and delightful ideas. Right now, in my area "sushi stands" are popping up all over the place. Though this is great for pricing and variety, I don't think they get enough customers individually.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for you excellent hub on how to make sushi maki. The instructions were detailed and clear, and the photographs added so much to the hub. I love the way Japanese food is presented so beautifully! Voted up, useful and interesting. Pinned!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is the perfect hub---meaning great instructions, great photos and lots of careful planning. What a super job. I am going to have to vote this up..


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Oh man, does that look good! When I was living in Wasilla, we used to make our own because the nearest sushi bar was over 50 miles away, and we had an abundance of fresh seafood at our disposal. NOTHING tastes better than freshly prepared. Loved this, Kelly! Voted up and everything! :)


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Wow... you brought a lot of memories back for me. When I was married and living in Hawaii, I learned how to make and roll sushi. My ex mother-in-law taught me. Who better to learn from than a true Japanese! Every New Year's Eve, we would have a Sushi Party... We would make the rice in the afternoon, and then prepare the fish, shrimp, roe, cucumber, egg, tuna, and crab. Then all night we would help ourselves to the biggest sushi bar while ringing in the new year! Thanks for the great hub Kelly. I wish I lived near you! :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Though I had never tasted sushi before, but really enjoy sushi with American style here. I learn something new about culinary. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Kelly, my family loves sushi! I am definitely sharing this with my daughter-in-law who loves to cook. Your pictures are beautiful, and I, too, loved the nails!

The beauty is in the creation. Some of it seems delicate details, too, like the slicing of the hothouse cucumber. Everything is so pretty!!

Great reseach! Votes and shares!! :-)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a beautiful, informative hub. I've had sushi only a few times, and enjoyed it, but not enough to actively seek it out, so I learned a lot from your words and pictures here. So glad you pinned it this morning and I found it. :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, can you ever answer a question! When I asked where do I start with Japanese cooking I wasn't expecting this.

The first time I had suchi, it was prepared by my girlfriend who had been over in Korea teaching English. When she returned to Canada she was dying to feed everyone :)

After reading your hub I think I need to go shopping so that I can attempt to make sushi maki.

Thank you so much for answering my question. Voted up and more.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful hub. The photos at the bottom with the fruit are amazing and look like professional photos. I tried sushi once when I was little. This hub makes me want to give it another try. Gorgeous!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

You are truly AMAZING! You are now my hub goddess! I love Asian food and have been a personal chef for an Asian family but have never made sushi. My favorite restaurant is called East Japanese Restaurant and I just love their sushi. I always love watching the chef making the sushi and they are so skilled. Your plates look amazing and your little history and explanations make this hubs amazing.


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sueroy333 4 years ago from Indiana

Can you please come over and make this for me.... I'm sure after the 10th or 1,000th time I'll get the idea.......


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Sadly I am the only one in my family that likes sushi, but maybe once my daughter starts school I'll have to make some for lunch. It's always been intimidating to me but I may just give it a shot now. Thanks! Useful hub.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have all the ingredients for sushi sitting my kitchen cupboard. They've been there for months, because I bought the stuff and then thought, " I have no idea how to do this.' Been meaning to look it up for all that time, and now I don't have to. I will have to go and buy a rolling mat though!

Great information here. Really useful hub! (What a pity I can't click "useful" twice.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mhatter - thank you!

I noticed quite a few sushi places popping up about 2 years ago here and only 1 of them is still here. I have been there a couple of times and it was just OK and I don't notice many cars in their lot - ever! I think it either must be very grand or they are not going to draw enough customers in this economy.

It's also so expensive - another reason I learned to make my own!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Stephanie - thank you!

I do love Japanese food for just the look of it! I love making it just for fun and have had small parties where I served a tray of it for the novelty. I have been making it for a couple of years but only sporadically and it is not that hard. You can do it! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi carol7777 - thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You are so right Terrye - I love fresh sushi and yeah - no good fish around here! Fresh good fish has to be flown in since we don't have nary an ocean:) lol I am surrounded by big muddy rivers!

Thanks for the up votes too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow I am in awe Lisa! I really wish I had a nice Japanese MIL to teach me to roll up sushi! I had a darn book. I asked it questions - it didn't answer.

Ok now you have to admit - it looks super hard I think - but it's really easy after you have done it a few times. That and you must make that rice perfect! I don't use a rice cooker - I use the old stove method.

The little decorations I made with my scraps - I used a tool like a grouter - can't remember the name of it but it's a tool with interchangeable sharp knife like tops that you screw on and off? I used one in art class in high school and I learned to love that thing! You can use it to carve just about anything on a veggie:)

I wish you lived here too - I'd just make you sushi any old time you wanted!


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

What a fab article on a cuisine I have yet to try, believe it or not! There are a number of Japanese restaurants and sushi bars so I really feel after reading this hub I am missing out big time! Your passion shines through and your photos are gorgeous and tempting! Congrats RealHousewife on a great piece - voted everything and sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Prasetio! You have never tried sushi? Wow! You simply must! You would love it - there are so many different varities - something for everyone's taste buds:) Thanks so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! I do love to cook - getting ready to make some blueberry pie right now!

Thanks - I was pretty pleased with my photos myself:) lol I used a tool - the kind you can switch sizes and shapes of the blade to carve with? It made making my little rose and stuff super easy! I think it is really fun to turn the radio on - and start making fancy food. Hey - it beats watching soap operas all day:) lol

Thanks again Susan - I bet your DIL will make some great sushi for you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Sally's Trove - thanks so much! I love food and cooking - the first time I tasted sushi - I had a burning desire to go home and try it myself! lol I have been making it for a few years now and it is really simple to do - and then you can get more creative each time you make it. I love pretty food:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Susan! Hey I am postive you would have a lot of fun making your own! You love cooking too so I bet you would have fun creating your own - then you get to eat it! lol

I find it really fun and relaxing to make honestly. The kids like to help but they don't care for it much yet - so I only do small batches for Dave and I, usually.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Tammy! I took so many photographs - and I was working in my kitchen super late at night - my back door is a sheet of window so you can see through it. I know my neighbors were catching the flash from the camera and could see me taking pictures of my dinner in the wee hours of the morning:) hahahaha I can only imagine sometimes what they think I am doing in here. hahaha

You should try it - it's really fun and you are SO creative - you would make gorgeous sushi!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Kelly, and what an exceptional hub this is.

I live in Los Angeles and my first girlfriend was Japanese on her mother's side, so they would take me to the best sushi places in town. I always tell everyone "I was eating sushi even when it wasn't considered cool to eat it" and do love it. Wow...this hub is so well written. Are you half Japanese?

Take care and voted up

John


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

What a beautiful hub! I love sushi but find it can be expensive. I have never tried to make my own but now youhave made me think I should. Thank you


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

RealHousewife, your article and photographs are excellent. When we took the children to Hawaii we voted to eat at a real Japanese restaurant. Well, none of us liked raw fish. My husband insisted we eat it anyway. Nellie was the best at hiding what she did not want to eat. We had a lot of fun and the kids still talk about it. I am glad you let us know non-raw foods could be used.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Wow- this looks ambitious. My hubbie loves sushi, he would love it if I made some! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Cardisa! Well now - I have been having trouble logging into HP with iPad so what a delightful response I get upon my return:) lol

I do LOVE Asian food - and - I have one more recipe hub to do to go with this one so I will post it on your wall when I finish it soon! I bet you will get a kick out of it!

Thanks so much - I love making sushi - I got a rolling mat a few years ago and my mom bought me those pretty white and black dishes:) I turn the stereo on and just take my time when I make sushi. I ususally only make enough for Dave and I so it's not too difficult to play around and experiment - I am not very "crafty" but I do like making pretty food:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sueroy - I would LOVE to! Now wouldn't that be soooooo fun? It really isn't difficult at all - it's time consuming if you get too creative but if you just want to whip up a roll or two - child's play! LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - my kids do not appreciate it either and my husband only likes his with vegetables:) My mom, sister and nephew LOVE it though so I like to make it when they come for lunch or for a small appetizer. It is super easy to make really - especially if you just make one roll - and that is probably a little more than 1 could eat for lunch without feeling over stuffed so you could have a snack for later too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Yvonne - thanks! I should have guessed you would be attracted to this kind of creative dish. I have seen your kitchen skills and you could easily make this. I admit it looks intimidating (which is exactly why I had to try it to begin with:) but it's really easy to make your own beautiful sushi. Let me know if you try it what you think!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Suzie HQ - thank you so very much! I really do love to cook:) I have made it a little hobby - when I first quit my job to be a stay at home mom I really thought I was gonna go crazy with boredom. Have you seen what they play on daytime T.V? hahaha The only thing I enjoyed were the cooking shows - and I'd be hurrying to make a list so I could try things myself:) I would traverse the city searching for things like "oyster sauce" or "lemon grass". Oh well - at least it finally paid off huh? haha


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey John - thank you so much! I am not Japanese - I am American Indian (Seminole clan specifically:)

I was country when country wasn't cool! hahaha

That's funny - I was making fine cuisine here when it wasn't cool too:) Even though I had a career and have a successful business - I always feel so odd saying "I am a housewife and I love to cook"...sounds so mousy doesn't it? lol But if they ONLY knew what I was cooking over here!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lauryallan - thank you so much! I think you should try it too - it is really so easy! If you are the creative type - it is super fun to design food! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi lauramaryscott - Yeah I am not too much into raw anything....there are lots of ways to eat sushi and avoid the raw foods:) Shrimp can be cooked and used as well as crab and they frequently will use a tempura method to fry different meats and veggies!

I don't even like wasabi! YUK - oh or the mayo - I meant to mention most people have some sort of mayo on top of the rice layer but I am disgusted by mayo! haha I guess I was blocking the thought!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

So I take it you are not Julie? LOL

Seriously - it isn't that difficult. The hardest part - is getting that rice perfect - I have one special pan that I use to make all my rice. If I don't it doesnt come out perfect in 20 minutes - so IDK...must be the conductive metal combo of the pan (my magic pan!) lol

Thanks so much for the read and comment!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I have to admit, Kelly, that for me, sushi holds no allure-a.

So when I eat in a Japanese restaurant I usually order tempura.

But I did enjoy reading your hub and viewing your photos,

Though I plan to eat something else at Mr. Morimoto's.


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Wow! This is seriously one of the best hubs I've seen. Maybe I'm biased because I LOVE sushi, but this is sooo detailed and has so many awesome pics! :P Fabulous hub, Kelly!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha! Drbj - I do not eat raw meat:) LOL. I only care for vegetable sushi! Lol.

Thanks for the look and I'm with you - I'll go for tempura!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Melanie! Thank you SO much! I really LOVE making pretty stuff...I just wish these people would eat it:) lol. Actually my kids are very good eaters - and they will try anything...in fact friend Calamari is their current fav appetizer! Lol. They didn't eat too much sushi but that's what frozen pizza is for right?

Everyone knows though - theynare not allowed to eat until I've photographed their plates! Haha


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

WOWOWOW! How very cool! I learned so much in this hub. I had no idea about how to make sushi, that there was such a rich and varied history about it, and that there's such etiquette to adhere to at a sushi house - can you tell I haven't been to one? I think there's one in the next town over, but here in the sticks, I have to resort to "The Cafe" - it's as good as it sounds. I'll have to drive to the city and get the ingredients to make this...or brave the sushi house. :D (PS - pretty red nails!)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great article. I always have trouble rolling the sushi--everything gets too sticky for me--but I keep trying!


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I am inlove with this hub! The dessert sushi are my favorite. I would love to make those and serve them up at home. So fun and elegant. Thank you for sharing the how to, history and some really cool images. Awesome as always!


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sujithbeta 4 years ago from Kerala, India

From your pictures itself, I have learned making Sushi Maki. You have shown this hub with proper pictures which is easy to understand. Thanks for this wonderful hub. I will surely try Sushi maki. Continue writing hubs like this.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha! Hey Cyndi - if you get a chance you should try the sushi house for fun! It is a pretty fun evening out! I love hibachi rice and the teriyaki steak! Yum!

I would not want to spend the money to go out all the time for it though - so I just learned to make it myself:) lol I knew what it was supposed to taste like already - so it was not too bad! It is certainly a super fun thing to make for a romantic dinner!

Thanks - I broke all those nails cleaning the damn house today;) LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Audrey - I had that sticky problem until I started using the rice vinegar water! I just keep the bowl right next to my rolling mat and when my fingers start to get all sticky again - just rinse them off and keep on patting:) LOL I just use about a 1/2 teaspoon of rice vinegar and a 1/3 cup of water. That will do the trick! Good luck - it's worth trying again!


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sujithbeta 4 years ago from Kerala, India

I've heard of this dish but never seen it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi bridalletter - thank you! The desserts are my fav too! They are really fun to make - and if you get a hothouse cucumber and use a potato peeler you can make a nice thin slice - stuff it with sticy rice and top it with anything! Super easy - you don't even have to have a rolling mat for that! lol

Thanks for the nice compliment - I have really been working on improving my photos lately and having a lot more fun with it too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi sujithbeta - thank you so much! I hope you have an easy time making it - it isn't too hard even for the beginner! Good luck!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I love sushi!! And you are so right, it comes in so many different forms, and you can fill it with any number of things. Making it is an art; thanks for sharing it with us. My greatest fears are eating sushi when the insides have gone bad...once encountered a shop - in a school canteen - that really sold bad sushi, with unrefrigerated raw fish (you can imagine.) Voted up and am sharing.


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Wesley Meacham 4 years ago from Wuhan, China

I love... love... love... sushi. I've always wanted to make my own I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Love your hub. It's full of a lot of practical information.

Voting up and useful. Will share and have pinned.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh yes I can imagine! I can do better than that - I have had food poisoning before! It is no good - and that is exactly why I am so picky about certain things. No potato salad with mayo base in summer for me! haha

I love making sushi though - and you would think after preparing so much for this hub I would be tired of it - but I kept wanting to make more! lol Thanks so much Michelle:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Wesley Meacham - we have that in common then - I love sushi so much! It is really easy to make and honestly, I think I could roll it up without the mat too. The only thing you MUST have to make good sushi is rice, wax paper and some rice water. The filling is up to you and almost anything goes well wth rice, right? lol

Thank you so much for pinning and sharing too!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

You make this look so easy. I have only had sushi a few times. I would love to try it again because one time I didn't like it and the second time I didn't think it was actually too bad. We have a japanese restuarant in the area. I might have to try it again for a date night in the near future. Maybe once I get a taste for it I will be brave enough to make it. :) Great hub and very informative! :)


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molometer 4 years ago

I am more than a little bit partial to Sushi. I always feel that I have eaten something healthy when I do eat it. The photos made my mouth water.

I don't know if I could make it. It is so delicate.

Voted up interesting and useful. Sharing.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Stacy! It really is easy to make:). It just takes a few minutes of practicing how to roll that thing:) I do not like sushi with raw meat...I like mostly vegetable sushi. I wish I could bring myself to try something more exotic but - NO! I like everything cooked well:) haha

Thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Molometer - oh you could do it! It's really easy - I was feeling sorry for the poor dude who has to just cook rice for two years! Now that is a bit ridiiculous - I mean you can get decent rice from a boiling bag now days:) hahaha. It looks delicate but those little suckers could be little hockey pucks if you let them dry out!

Thanks so much for reading, commenting and sharing!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Mmmm!!!! I can't wait to be able to indulge in Sushi again. I miss it oh-so-much!

This is a wonderful tutorial. My mouth is watering! Voted up, useful, shared, & pinned! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This is truly an awesome hub. I have never eaten Sushi. I have a group of friends who started meeting for dinner every Monday at a Sushi Restaurant. I've never joined them, mainly because I did not have a vehicle. Well, now I do. I know SO much more than I ever did thanks to you Kel. I now know what to do and not do with the tea. And how to rest my chopsticks and so much more. I won't look too silly the first time I join my friends. But actually, I'd love to try to make Sushi. Your presentation here is beautiful. Sharing everywhere!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Kelly, this is a beautiful recipe hub! I love sushi, one of my favorite things to eat. I've tried to make it at home but it hasn't turned out well, so far. I'm bookmarking this on Pinterest and hoping to try this on Saturday!! Voted up, beautiful, and interesting. Your pictures are amazing!!!! Kelley


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow this looks wonderful.. A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar just opened up in town.. we tried it .. it wasn't bad at all

I am sharing this on cooking time

Debbie


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn - sushi is a wonderful treat! If you like Asian food and rice - you will love these little delicate rolls. I prefer vegetarian sushi rolls:) lol I might try some with fresh seafood if we had a sea around here...lol all we have is the Muddy Mississippi:)

Thanks - it is really fun to make this - I just like making pretty food I think!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kelley - let me know how it works out! If you keep the rice vinegar water right next to your rolling mat - it's a cinch. When you pat the rice down just keep dipping your fingertips into the water if they get sticky and you're good to go! They are super easy to make - just roll it like you are making a playdough tube:) lol

I have been having a blast taking my own photos with the photo booth I bought after I read Melovy's hub. It has helped me tremendously - thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Deborah! Thank so much! I LOVE Japanese food. Hibachi rice - heaven! I wish I had some right now:) lol

Thanks so much for sharing too!


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

RealHousewife, I tried to find Melovy's hub about the photo booth. I was unsuccessful. Will you please e-mail me a link to that article.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lauramaryscott! Sure I'd love to link you that hub! I'm working on an iPad this minute but I will log onto my computer very soon and post a link for you right here:) those booths are fantastic! So glad I got one!


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divacratus 3 years ago from India

I had sushi recently for the first time and this was one of the reasons why I wanted to check out your page. Had ordered a sushi platter which had different types of sushi in it. I guess some of them were sushi maki because I saw raw fish on top of the rice. Thanks for sharing all this info!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much divacratus...sushi maki is just rolled up sushi:). I love it that way and good rice with any fresh ingredient is awesome!

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