Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How To Make Homemade Sushi {Paired With a Delicious Beer}.

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It's no secret that Cameron and I like to drink a beer after a long day at work, or during a nice sunny day on the boat, so when Millennial Central asked me if they could send me some Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light beer, I was all for it! I was already familiar with the beer, as I tend to order it from Japanese restaurants, so I knew I was going to like it. They also sent me everything I needed to make homemade sushi! I was a little nervous at how hard it would be, but Cameron really got the hang of it. 

If you're not familiar with Kirin beer, you should really try it! It's got a nice, clean taste and pairs perfectly Japanese and Asian cuisine. It's also known as being beer at it's purest because of its first-press brewing process. The Kirin brewery is actually one of the oldest breweries in Japan, dating back to 1888!

Here's a brief re-cap of how it went down. 

Gather all of your supplies. 
Take a sip of your Kirin beer. 

Read the instructions to your handy assistant as he/she prepares the rolls. 
We decided to make California rolls (crab, avocado, and cucumber) and spicy tuna rolls (fresh tuna + spicy mayo made with sriracha).

Enjoy your delicious sushi with your refreshing and light Kirin beer!
(Kirin Light only has 95 calories!)

It was SO good and it honestly tasted like we had ordered it from a restaurant!


Here is the recipe to make your own sushi at home!
(Most of these supplies, other than the fresh ingredients, can be found at World Market)

Bamboo mat
Rice paddle
Paper fan
Sharp knife
Clean, wet towel
Makes 4 servings

10–12 sheets toasted nori (seaweed)
1 ½ cups sushi rice = 3 cups cooked sushi rice
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon  salt
1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
Fresh basil, stems  removed
1 Cucumber, thinly sliced lengthwise
Carrots, thinly sliced
Japanese kaiware sprouts
Japanese umeboshi plums, seeds
Daikon pickles

Imitation crabmeat pieces or sticks
Smoked salmon, thinly sliced
Smoked Tofu, thinly sliced
Furikake (Japanese Mrs. Dash)
Toasted sesame seeds
Sriracha hot sauce
Reduced-sodium soy sauce, for dipping
Ponzu sauce, for dipping

Make your sushi rice. Prepare and cook the sushi rice as directed on the package.
Roughly 2 parts grain, 1 part water ratio. Cool the rice slightly while preparing your
sushi-su (sushi vinegar).

In a medium mixing bowl, add the sushi-su (sushi vinegar ingredients) – 3
tablespoons rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Whisk well to
dissolve all the sugar and salt.

Transfer your slightly-cooled sushi rice into a large bowl. Using a rice paddle and a
small paper fan, fan the sushi rice as you slowly drizzle the sushi  vinegar over the
rice.  Cut the sushi  rice with the rice paddle, as you fan the rice to cool at  the same
time. Be sure not to mix the rice. Simply  cut through the rice until all of the sushi-su
is absorbed.
Roll your sushi while the rice is still warm. Prep a  clean work surface, like a clean cutting
board or a clean countertop.
Lay down your bamboo mat on your work surface. Place the nori, on top of the bamboo
mat, shiny side down.

Using your rice paddle, spread a layer of approximately ½  cup sushi rice in the middle of
the nori sheet. At the bottom of the sushi roll, closest to you, add your choice of fillers,
proteins, and seasonings in a horizontal line. Tightly roll from the bottom up into a long
maki roll. Gently squeeze the bamboo mat to tighten your roll.

To cut, remove your bamboo mat, and cut your roll in half. (Wipe off your knife with
your towel in between slicing.) Next, line up your two halves and cut into fourths and
sixths. Repeat until all the sushi  rice is used. Serve immediately.

Dip in your choice of sauces or just enjoy as is!

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  1. That is seriously impressive & really does look like you guys ordered out!

  2. What a fun date night in idea!

  3. ahh you got to participate in this campaign?? how lucky, i signed up to do it hoping i would get picked. what a fun evening of sushi and beer for you and cameron

  4. Those looks so yummy!!! I definitely have to try making my own sushi now :)

  5. that is so neat!! The sushi looks yummy!

  6. This is such a great date night idea! Now I'm hungry for sushi! :)

  7. Love it! I got a sushi rolling kit for a wedding present, I keep meaning to give it a try!

  8. If this wasn't such a damn mess (or maybe that's just me) I'd totally make sushi more often ha. Kirin would have added more patience to the process!

  9. I've always wanted to try to make my own sushi but always thought it looked so difficult. You definitely make it look easy!! I'll have to pick up some supplies on my next World Market trip. C

  10. I've tried to make sushi before....the finished product never looked like that though. I always over stuff.

    We got sushi mat set as a shower gift last year and we haven't used them yet. This could serve as my motivation...