Kappa Maki (Cucumber Sushi Roll)
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Kappa Maki (Cucumber Sushi Roll) Recipe
In addition to the ingredients listed below, you also need a sushi bamboo mat (makisu; 巻簾), cling wrapped for easy cleaning.
- 1/2 cup Japanese short-grain rice + sushi vinegar (to taste)
- 3 pieces 19×10 cm nori (seaweed) sheet
- toasted sesame seeds
- 1 Japanese cucumber cut to 10 cm chunky fries size
- pickled ginger, shoyu (Japanese light soy sauce) & wasabi
- Follow the sushi rice recipe to cook the rice. Divide into three equal portions.
- Place nori sheet (rough side up) on bamboo mat. Place one portion of rice on nori, distributing them in a flat layer across the nori, leaving a 5cm gap on top.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds horizontally across the middle of the rice, then line the cucumber on them.
- Using a firm grip, make the maki by rolling the bamboo mat tightly halfway, then continue to roll until the maki is completed.
- Using a sharp knife moistened with water, trim both ends of the maki and then make a cut right in the middle of the roll. Further cut each half into three equal pieces. Serve maki with pickled ginger, soy sauce & wasabi at the side.
Noob Cook Tip:
Typically, nori (seaweed) sheets come in 19×20 cm sizes. By folding and cutting it in half, it becomes the ideal size for maki (19×10 cm).