In Japanese culture, sushi is considered to be an art form because its appearance is just as important as how it tastes. Chefs from different regions of Japan roll it and arrange it on the plate according to their own styles, and they spend years learning the craft of sushi-making.
We may not be able to turn you into an artist in this three hours workshop, but we can certainly teach you how to make different kinds of sushi and try to awaken your artistic soul.
This workshop will not only provide us with comprehensive information on the key ingredients, teach us rice cooking techniques, opening and cutting fish, choosing the vegetables and making these gorgeous and tasty sushi rolls, but also will allow us to practice our new found skills, compete with others and maybe even win a prize! Best of all we will then be able to consume all the delicious sushi we have made!
Alongside the sushi making we will learn about different types of sake and we will be able to taste some of it too! We will hear all about the process of making this velvety rice wine.
The workshops will be run by Karol Sonnak, the founder and owner of Sushi and Friends (http://sushiandfriends.com/) and one of the finest sushi chefs London has to offer. He has 10 years of experience in Japanese cuisine, and has worked as a chef in some of the world's best known restaurants, such as Gordon Ramsay's (http://www.gordonramsay.com/), Roka (http://rokarestaurant.com/charlotte-street/en/home), and Novikov (https://www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk/asian-room/), to name just a few. He is passionate about Asian cuisine and will share this passion with you. You will be hooked on some of the stories he has to tell.
• meaning of sushi, brief history, types of sushi and main ingredients
• preparing the rice - washing, drying and cooking techniques
• tosa soy - what is it?
• bonito flakes and dashi stock - importance of these ingredients
• mixing and seasoning of rice
• opening and cutting fish - various techniques and styles
• katsuramuki cucumber, acvocado
• cutting sashimi
• types of sushi: maki, temaki, nigiri, etc.
• sushi competition
• sake tasting - what is sake and Shochu?
Price: £45 + paypal fees, includes all the ingredients, tuition, sake and room hire.
Time: 3 hours
Location: TBC, but it will be a central London location.
Some more information about sushi
Sushi was invented thousands of years ago in Japan as a way to preserve raw, cleaned fish. It was pressed between rice and salt by a heavy stone for a few weeks and then covered with a lighter material like seaweed until the fish had fermented.
In the 18th century, a chef from Tokyo named Yohei Hanaya decided to forget about the fermentation process and serve it on its own. Fresh sushi became very popular, and two distinct styles emerged--the kansai style from Osaka and the edo style from Tokyo.
The edo style consists primarily of seasoned rice mixed with other ingredients, and the kansai style is made with a small bit of seafood on a pad of rice.
While not a requirement, sushi etiquette can help expand your knowledge of a different culture and add to your next sushi endeavor. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind while eating sushi.
Use chopsticks or your fingers to pick up sushi.
Pour a small amount of soy sauce into the sauce dish and dip the side with fish into it.
Place the entire portion of sushi into your mouth so the side with fish touches your tongue.
Use the blunt back end of the chopsticks to pick up sushi if sharing a plate. These ends are not used for eating.
Rub your chopsticks together.
Bite the sushi and put the rest on your plate. Sushi should normally be eaten whole.
Eat ginger with the sushi itself. Ginger is used between different types of sushi to cleanse your palate.
Fully dunk the sushi into the soy sauce. The rice should not be dipped as it will fall apart.
Put wasabi into the soy sauce. Wasabi should be placed directly onto the sushi if being used.
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.
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Getting there and back:
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Please note this event is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure Club and to secure your place you have to join it via this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/189742072/ . Please note that only once you RSVP and pay the paypal fee on the main site your place will be confirmed.