My kids love Japanese food, I guess that runs in the family! Unlike my Little Girl, my Son is not quite fond with raw fish or sashimi, just yet. My Little Girl is definitely more adventurous in terms of trying new food. But one item that they both enjoy is California Roll! Well, honestly, I think California Roll is in the “American food” category, not Japanese. Ha! Of course, I’m not going to be technical with my kids. After all, I always encourage them to try different/new food, and California Roll is definitely a good starting point when you are new to Japanese food.
That’s why today I am sharing with you on how to make the Classic California Rolls in 2 different ways 經典加州卷 (兩式). These are quite easy to prepare as you can see from the video tutorial above. I prepare rice and Chinese dishes almost everyday. Therefore, I prepare my sushi rice in my trusted rice cooker. If you don’t have one, you can prepare the rice in a pot on stove top, or get a box of to-go rice.
There are a few basic tools and ingredients in preparing sushi rolls, such as the rolling mat, nori (seaweed), sushi seasoning package, etc. I’ll list them all at the end of this post for your reference. After you’ve obtained these basic tools and ingredients, you can make different type of sushi rolls. The sky is the limit and you can be creative with the fillings you like as well.
In the video tutorial, I shared two different ways of making California rolls. The first way is the more classic way, with the nori on the outside and the rice and fillings wrapped inside (see picture above). I also used the classic ingredients, such as avocado, Japanese cucumber, and imitation crab meat.
The second way of rolling the California Roll is with the rice on the outside, wrapping the fillings inside the nori. Then, I roll the entire sushi roll on some toasted sesame seeds for more flavor and textures. Last but not least, some masago eggs on top for a crunch. They are comparable to tiny caviar with a little salty and briny pop.
I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and video tutorial. These are so easy to make and they’ll make wonderful summer party food as well. Thank you for stopping by today and stay tuned for more fun and easy recipe and videos.
Tools and Ingredients Used:
Zojirushi Rice Cooker: (Click here for more information)
Nori (seaweed): (Click here for more information)
Japanese Short Grain Rice: (Click here for more information)
Japanese Powdered Sushi Rice Seasoning (Clickhere for more information)
Toasted Sesame Seeds (Clickhere for more information)
Imitation Crab Meat Sticks (Clickhere for more information)
Sushi Bamboo Rolling Mat (Clickhere for more information)