I love sushi. I could eat a Spicy Tuna Roll every single day. Just give me some spicy mayo, fresh fish and veggies, wasabi and low sodium soy sauce and I’m in my happy place. As much as I adore going out for sushi, I’ve always been curious about trying to make my own at home. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to try Global Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit.
While I waited for the kit to arrive at my door, I began thinking about what delicious rolls I could create. Of course, I had to try my hand at a spicy roll, a bagel roll, and some veggie rolls.
Before I share my first foray into sushi making, I want to talk about why I’ve quickly become a big fan of Global Grub. Started by a mompreneur, Global Grub not only makes fun, creative DIY kits they also give back to the community. For each kit sold, they donate the cost of a meal to a local food bank. Which means, whether you buy the kits for yourself or as a gift, you’re also helping a family in need.
Now let’s get into my sushi chef experiment. Global Grub makes DIY sushi easy because each kit comes with some great essentials, including sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, sesame seeds, a rolling mat, wasabi powder, soy sauce, and cooking instructions. I was so happy to see a very detailed, yet easy to understand set of instructions, which also gave a few suggestions for sushi rolls.
The hardest part of making sushi is waiting for the rice to cook and cool. I couldn’t wait to dip some rolls into my soy/wasabi mix, so I was a little impatient. I will say that the directions made creating the delicious, sticky sushi rice extremely easy. I did substitute the normal sugar for coconut sugar. I didn’t notice a difference in the taste, so this is an option you can try.
While I waited for the rice to cool I cut up my veggies and mixed my fish with the spicy mayo I bought at my local grocery store. I also covered my rolling mate in plastic wrap, as suggested, to make clean up and rolling easier. Next, I turned over my instruction card and followed the steps for putting together my rolls. Depending on your preference you can keep the rice on the outside of the roll or in the inside. I experimented with both.
I will say it takes a bit of finessing and practice to get the rolling down right. It’s not that rolling the actual sushi is hard, it’s more about figuring out how much rice, fish, veggies, etc. to put on the nori. I think with more practice I could get it down to an art form. Regardless, each roll I made tasted delicious, and as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t always have to look pretty to taste good.
I can’t wait to make more sushi or try some of Global Grub’s other DIY kits. I’m already thinking about giving some of their kits as gifts or having some friends over for a fun DIY girl’s night.
Have you ever made your own sushi? What is your favorite sushi roll?
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