太巻き Futomaki Sushi Rolls

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After watermelon tasting, we went to our lunch venue - but the only thing is, we were gonna make our own lunch! This trip was really exciting for me as I love Japanese food but I am a bad cook, hence, they were gonna teach us how to prepare our meals and I can try doing them at home!

I thought we were gonna make the common sushi like nigiri sushi. But no. We were gonna make FUTOMAKI SUSHI ROLLS - honestly, I did not know what it was at that point of time. We got to a building that looks like a school kinda concept with different "classrooms" and there we met many of our 'teachers' who were gonna teach us how to make Futomaki Sushi Rolls!!!


Futomaki sushi rolls are the "fat boys" of the maki rolls. They are thick Japanese sushi rolls primarily filled with vegetables. They are well-known for their beautiful presentation and well-balanced flavor - I noticed after making it that there is a balance of sweet, sour and a neutral in it. Futomaki Sushi Rolls are usually only eaten and featured at special occasions and special gatherings. It has been a local cuisine of Chiba and Japan in general.

So let's get started!
I actually took photos for every step just so I could remember better when I get home. Haha. Problem with people who has photographic memory. So I'm gonna let the photos do the talking.









As you can see the ingredients used, red pickled vegetables are commonly used for its taste and colour. Pink vinegar rice + white vinegar rice. Tamago (sweet egg). Cucumber, Nozawana. And very importantly, you need a bamboo sushi mat. 



This is the fun part. You never imagine you are creating any designs at the look of that but it's time to roll it up... and.....


tadahhhhh





We were so so amazed with the different designs they had and they all looked SO pretty. A big plus point for the pink rice(!!!!)


So it was our turn to do it by ourselves ;) The fun part started and we all had a teacher to each stations. I must say I wasn't as smooth when I made it but it got so much better after awhile.


The terribly scary part when you have to cut your sushi roll... Hoping it would turn out like a flower as it is supposed to be.


I was happily surprised :D It turned out well!! Yay!!!




After the happy high moments of making our own beautiful sushi rolls, we settled down for lunch. To our surprise, we had more to our plate than just our rolls.




Isn't that just so good? I couldn't wait any longer to dig in. We even had homemade beancurd that is the only one I have ever tasted that is so soft and different. Lunch was good. I was also asked to be interviewed regarding my experience making futomaki sushi and I had nothing bad but all good to share. I just love these kind of cooking classes and I'd do this again, anytime!


A big thank you to our beautiful teachers here for teaching us how to make all these yummy rolls. Yet another enriching experience. They all look so happy and young.
すべてのハードワークと患者の心をありがとうございました

Thanks for reading x More experience to share soon!
Stay tuned, sweet dreams

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