Hand roll sushi called Temaki in Japanese, is made by taking a sheet of dried and roasted seaweed, placing a portion of cold-boiled rice seasoned with rice vinegar on one end, and adding strips of vegetables and different kinds of raw fish on top of the rice. The seaweed sheet is then wrapped around the filling, forming a cone shape that can be easily held and eaten by hand. Now we will discuss how to make and eat hand-roll sushi.
How To Make Hand Roll Sushi
Preparation of Temaki at home is an easy process that can be done alone or with friends. Here are twelve simple easy steps to create your own delicious Temaki
- Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them completely to avoid moisture that may cause the nori (seaweed) to become soggy during preparation.
- Cook the rice and allow it to cool completely. For detailed instructions on how to cook the rice, please refer to my step-by-step guide.
- Cut the nori (seaweed) sheet in half lengthwise to obtain large pieces, which you can then chop into smaller pieces if needed.
- Select the vegetables and slice them into long, thin pieces.
- Take the nori (shiny side up) and place it in the palm of your hand.
- Moisten your other hand lightly with water and apply a thin layer of rice on one side of the seaweed.
- You may choose to sprinkle sesame seeds over the rice for added flavor. This step is optional.
- Place a piece of raw fish in the center of the rice layer.
- Place a piece of vegetable next to the fish on the rice layer.
- Roll the Temaki, and apply gentle pressure with your fingers to start folding the seaweed and its contents inwards.
- To complete the Temaki, tuck one end in and roll it into a cone shape.
- To enhance the taste, serve the Temaki with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce on the side for dipping.
How To Eat Hand Roll Sushi
Eat Soon As You Can
Due to the crispy texture of Temaki, it is recommended to eat it immediately after it is served. The chef will place it in your hand or on a hand roll rack. Using chopsticks or putting them on your plate is not recommended. To maintain the crispness of the nori (seaweed), consuming it by hand in one piece is crucial. Delaying consumption could result in the nori becoming soggy and difficult to eat.
Eat It From The Top
Hold the roll by its side and begin consuming it from the top down to prevent any spillage while eating your Temaki. Another way is eating it like a taco, starting from the vast and open end and moving downwards.
Eat It With Your Hands
Temaki is hand-rolled; it is also meant to be eaten by hand. The cone shape makes it easy to hold and consume. When prepared properly, Temaki should not fall apart while you eat it.
Enjoy It With Soya Sauce
Temaki, like other types of sushi, can be enjoyed with soy sauce, wasabi, or a combination of both. However, it is also possible to eat with other sauce options. For instance, Thai hot sauce complements the flavors of hand-rolled sushi. Additionally, sauces made from yogurt, sesame oil, and Japanese mayonnaise also pair well with Temaki.
What is the difference between a hand roll and a basic roll?
A roll is usually in a cylinder shape and smaller than a hand roll, which is larger and has a conical shape resembling an ice cream cone. While rice is typically the primary ingredient used in making rolls, it may not necessarily be for the preparation of hand rolls.
How many calories are in a hand roll sushi?
The Sushi Hand Roll, which is one serving or roll, contains 9g of total carbohydrates, 8g of net carbohydrates, 2g of fat, and 8g of protein and provides 90 calories.