A few weeks ago my boyfriend Sam and I made our own sushi using the Spicy Tempeh Nori Roll recipe from Veganomicon (which was delicious!). I realized it would be easy to make up your own sushi roll recipe if you just remember a few simple tools and tricks.
- A bamboo rolling mat. This will help you immensely. I got mine for about $2.00 at my local Asian market, but you can also find them online (see link).
- Sushi Rice. This is not regular ol’ rice, but specifically for sushi and is much stickier.
- Nori sheets. This is the seaweed you will be rolling your sushi filling in.
- Rice vinegar
- Solution of 1/3 cup water and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar in a small bowl.
- Desired sushi filling.
First, prepare the sushi rice by cooking 1 cup rice in 1 1/4 cups water for about 20 minutes. Then place the rice in a large plastic or glass bowl, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar, mix, and cover with plastic wrap. Let it cool until just slightly warmer than room temperature, about 10 minutes.