Sushi Bowls: The Perfect Meal?

Sushi Bowls: The Perfect Meal?

What Makes Sushi Bowls an Extraordinary Meal?
When I’m looking for a special meal which takes little time to prepare, sushi bowls (properly known as chirashi sushi) quickly comes to mind. Sushi bowls are tasty, healthy and fun to eat with friends. Sushi bowls also take little time to prepare.

What else would you want to know before making sushi bowls for your friends? All you need to make sushi bowls is fresh sushi-grade fish, quality vegetables, home-made condiments and rice. You can use pretty much whatever fish and vegetables you like. For fish I often use salmon and tuna since they are…

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Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Is Brown Sushi Rice Better for You?
In addition to providing greater nutritional value compared to white sushi rice, brown sushi rice has a slightly nutty flavor.  I love the extra taste of brown rice.

 
Is Brown Sushi Rice a Whole Grain?
Brown sushi rice (brown short grain rice) is a whole grain containing natural bran, which provides dietary fiber.  Meanwhile, white sushi rice does not contain dietary fiber.   For 100 grams of cooked brown short grain rice, there is about 1.8 grams of dietary fiber.

 
How Many Carbohydrates Are in Brown Sushi Rice?
There are about 20% fe…

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Pickled Ginger: Gari

Pickled Ginger:  Gari

Why is making your own pickled ginger more healthy?
Everyone has seen the thin pink ginger slices at a sushi restaurant. Bright glow-in-the-dark pink? This pickled ginger is called gari in Japanese and is usually eaten after sushi or sashimi to enhance the flavor and cleanse the palette. Ginger generally aids digestion, eases nausea and reduces inflammation.

What makes pickled ginger so pink? Most likely it’s artificial coloring (E124) added to the gari to make it look more attractive. Beet juice is more rarely also used to make the pickled ginger more pink.

Why bother making the ginger…

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Wasabi Paste Made in Minutes

Wasabi Paste Made in Minutes

What is wasabi?
Many think wasabi is a paste served on the side of a sushi dish, while it is in fact a rhizome, a mass of roots, like ginger and tumeric.

Wasabi Root

 
Why bother making your own Wasabi paste?
I used to think it was a waste of time to make your own wasabi paste. Tubes of wasabi paste are available in most supermarkets as well as Asian grocery shops. A common problem with tubes, however, is that they contain much more paste than you need for a single meal.  A crust therefore often forms in the tube, making the…

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