With Michiel still adamant that he doesn’t like Sushi, to try and prove him wrong I booked myself onto a sushi lesson, in the hopes that he would see my sushi when I got home, and eat it. Since the last time he ate sushi was in Chiang Mai (which I don’t think was his best idea ever), he wasn’t overly keen on eating anything involving raw fish and rice.
I was put at a table with three other Dutch people, and the lesson started off fairly simply with a Tamago sushi, which is an egg sushi. In order to stop the rice sticking to you, you had to get your hands wet, and I realised very quickly that my hands weren’t wet enough! There was rice all over my hands before I had even finished making the first sushi. We had to roll the rice into a ball and then squash it a bit so that the egg could stick onto the top. I used some wasabi sauce, and then a small piece of seaweed was used to stick the egg to the rice. This was a success.
Then we made an Inaruzushi which is a ball of rice tucked into a sweet tasting tofu, which I really liked. We also had Sake, but unlike last time, this was served cold. I still didn’t like it.
I attempted to make a vegetarian Maki, and it went badly. This was the first time that we had to use our rolling mats and the first problem that I had was that I put too much rice on my seaweed, so it was overloaded, and when I went to roll it, the seaweed just came open. I was hoping that I would be naturally good at it, but this was definitely not the case.
We also made Urumaki – basically inside out sushi, so the rice is on the outside and the seaweed on the inside. I did a lot better at this than my initial attempts at rolling sushi, but it still wasn’t that good. It was definitely tasty though.
They had loads of different ingredients, so even if you were a vegetarian, pregnant or didn’t eat a particular fish, they could cater for you. You could choose whether or not you took the sushi home with you, or eat as you went along. I adopted a policy of eating my failed attempts, and keeping the good ones to take home and show to Michiel! I think the people on my table were also doing exactly the same. We decided destroying the evidence was for the best.
The easiest by far for me was the Temaki, which the others on my table had real issues with it. Once our teacher had shown us this we were free to practice what we had learnt and this was actually my favourite part of the lesson. Now we knew how to do the different sushi we could practice and try to perfect the techniques.
When I got home, I expected Michiel to jump at the chance to eat fresh sushi, but he just looked at it but didn’t want to try it so I was a bit disappointed.
If you love sushi and want to learn how to make it, it cost €50 for 2 and a half hours at Sushitime.