California Roll History and Information
The California roll is a kind of sushi roll that contains cucumber, crab meat, and avocado. Sometimes the crab stick is substituted with crab salad. This kind of sushi roll is usually made inside-out. The California roll's outer layer of the rice is then sprinkled with your choice of toasted sesame seeds, tobiko, or masago.
In this photo to the left is a california roll made with crab salad and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
History Of The California Roll
The origin of the delicious California roll is somewhat murky, but food historians usually credit Ichiro Mashita, a sushi chef at the Tokyo Kaikan restaurant for inventing the roll in the early 1970s. At that time, the Tokyo Kaikan restaurant which is located in Los Angeles, was the first to feature sushi bars.
Traditionally sushi rolls are wrapped with nori on the outside, but Mashita made the California roll 'inside-out' because most Americans did not like seeing and chewing the nori on the outside of the roll. Mashita's decision to make the California roll inside-out was truly a success.
The Substitute - Avocados
(In this photo: bamboo sushi mat, sliced avocados, crab stick, and nori.)
Mashita began substituting avocado for toro (fatty tuna) because the large fish was hard to come by especially in the winter months of California. Rumor has it that Mashita first substituted toro with beef or chicken which he later soon realized that the oily texture of an avocado was a perfect substitute and with further experimentation, the California roll was born.
Crazy For the California Roll
The California roll marked the beginning of a sushi craze that rapidly spread across southern California. There after by the 1980s, the California roll became popular across the United States. Because of its affordable ingredients and well-balanced flavors, the California roll is highly recommended by sushi lovers who are first introducing sushi to someone who has never ate sushi before. I, myself am one of those people. The California roll is a good choice for someone who doesn't really like fish or a strong sea food taste. The ingredients in the California roll are the ingredients that everyone knows and are ingredients that people can pronounce; rice, crab meat, avocado, cucumber, and nori. Knowing what the ingredients are in sushi makes one more comfortable to eat and enjoy their sushi.
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July 20, 2005 - A Japanese entertainer and tourism ambassador of California made the world's longest California roll in Hollywood. Tourists from Japan helped him make the roll, which reached 30 meters in length. -wikipedia
Boy Eating Sushi :)
My boyfriend eating a plate of California Roll and Yummy Roll.
Looks Delicious! :)
Wasabi is generally sold either as a root which is very finely grated before use, as dried powder in large quantities, or as a ready-to-use paste. The burning sensations of wasabi are not oil-based and are felt primarily in the nasal passage and can have quite a painful impact depending on the amount consumed.
Wasabi is difficult to cultivate which makes it quite expensive. Due to its high cost, a common substitute is a mixture of horseradish, mustard, starch, and green food coloring.
In Japan, wasabi grows naturally along stream beds and mountain river valleys. Outside of Japan, it is very rare to find real wasabi plants. Packages are often labeled as wasabi, but the ingredients do not actually include wasabi plant.
In the United States, true wasabi is generally found only at specialty grocers or high-end restaurants.
Pickled ginger or also known as Gari, is young ginger that is thinly sliced and has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. It is often served and eaten after sushi. Although many brands of pickled ginger/gari are artificially colored pink to promote sales, the natural product is usually pale yellow to a slightly pink hue from the pickling process. Gari is eaten between dishes of sushi to help cleanse the palate. It was originally eaten with sushi to counter the effects of bad fish.
Wasabi & Pickled Ginger
Wasabi & Pickled Ginger
Beautifully presented leaf-shaped wasabi beside a pile of pickled pink ginger.
A dollop of wasabi on a white short-hand spoon.
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California Rolls With Masago
How To Make California Rolls - By Food Network
Prepared sushi rice
Crab meat, cut in pieces
Avocado, peeled and cut in fine pieces
Cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut in fine strips
Sesame seeds, toasted
Cut the nori sheet in half and place it on bamboo mat, shiny side down. Dampen your fingers in water. Spread a thin layer of sushi rice over the seaweed, do not cover completely. Leave a 1-inch margin at the ends uncovered to seal the roll. Lay crabmeat, avocado and cucumber lengthwise. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
To roll, slowly fold the end of the mat closest to you over the filling and tuck it in. Use medium pressure to create a compact tube. Remove the mat from around the roll, press in the loose ends and place it on a cutting board, seam side down. Using a wet, sharp knife, slice the roll in half then into 6 equal pieces. Serve with wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger.
How to Make an Inside-Out California Roll
How to Pickle Ginger in Less than 5 Minutes
Here are some links where you can purchase nori.