fake sushi

My fake sushi-making skills improved much after I made them a couple of times. It helps to pack the rice down into the cylinder of mamenori once you have it wrapped; it gives it a neater shape and makes a tighter, tidier package; in addition to making room for toppings — in this case, tobiko and just a bit of Kewpie mayo.

The thing about sushi is, it was never my favorite thing. If I’m in a Japanese restaurant, there are easily 5 or 6 things I’d order before I ordered sushi. So I’m probably never going to bother making the real thing. But this was fun and something a little different. It’s basically just a fish egg delivery system.

I found this tutorial when I Googled “mini sushi rolls”, because the packaging of the mamenori said it was useful for mini sushi rolls. I will definitely be trying that smoked salmon rose one soon. Mine are a little taller, because I didn’t want to attempt working with such tiny pieces of mamenori. It tends to curl up and act difficult when it’s overhandled. THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID.


bento: week of july 6, 2010

Bottom tier:

  • Fake sushi! I have no patience for the real thing, this is essentially just a rice ball wrapped in mamenori (soy paper) and topped with tobiko (the pale green tobiko has wasabi in it!) and a squirt of Kewpie mayo.
  • Crab balls. Basically a stuffed crab without the shell.

Top tier:

  • Pickled baby carrots. These are Mezzetta brand and SUPER yummy. They’re very vinegary with just a little heat.
  • Edamame with sea salt.

For dessert in the sidecar:

  • Black plumcot.
  • Lychee jelly.

bento# 59: mamenori/crab rolls

bento 59

I ❤ this bento box. So easy to pack.

So I’ve had these imitation crab sticks in the freezer for a few weeks now, trying to think of an interesting way to use them. The most obvious use is California rolls; but as previously stated, I don’t like sushi enough to go through the headache of making it.

So this is kind of weird, but what I wound up doing was spreading a thin layer of whipped cream cheese on a mamenori sheet, rolling a stick up in it, and cutting it into quarters. I also have tobiko to top it with, but I didn’t want to put it on when I packed it, so I have it on the side. (Since I don’t drive, between the bicycle and the bus my bentos can knocked around pretty hard before I get to work, and I figured the tobiko would slide off.)

I also have:

  • 2 sushi rice onigiri
  • Veggie potstickers
  • Honey tangerine
  • Instant miso soup
  • Cookies. I think they’re like Hello Panda, except they’re koalas.