It is also a bit shameful that I am half Japanese and it took me 29 1/2 years to try out sushi-making. For some reason, making a roll seemed really daunting in my mind, but it was fun and not really hard at all!
Truth be told, I was totally spoiled, because my mom has been trying to help me meet all of my 30x30 goals, and so she got everything ready for me when I visited home last weekend. She is a pro.
What you need:
- Sushi seasoning mix (or seasoned rice vinegar, or rice vinegar + salt + sugar)
- Nori (seaweed) sheets
- Filling of choice (we used avocado, cucumber, and tamagoyaki, which is a type of layered omelette)
- A sushi mat (I wrapped ours in plastic cling wrap to make clean-up easier)
First you add the sushi seasoning to your rice. Next, lay your nori on the sushi mat, cover about 2/3 of it with rice (leaving the last 1/3 plain), put your filling items in the middle of the rice, and then use the mat to roll and compress until you end up with something like this:
Then use a sharp knife (we didn't have a sharp one, so it took forever to cut them without squishing them) to cut into slices, and you're done!