Ah, sushi, there’s not much like scoffing delicious fishy rolls with a nice glass of sake, but it’s just so darn elaborate to make yourself. The Japanese culinary experts who make the best sushi have decades of experience, but now you can have an insight into how to sushi making and how to create the perfect dish yourself.
Sushi experience gifts are taking off in a big way in the UK, and this means there’s one to suit every pocket. But first, let me show you my choice for the best sushi experience in the UK today.
Alasdair’s recommended sushi making experience gift
|Children's Sushi Masterclass At Inamo, Camden||£20.00|
I selected this sushi making experience for you because it’s a great deal. It’s in a choice of locations throughout the UK and it’s a nice length, so you’ll learn the basics and a bit more of the intricate, arty sushi techniques. A great experience
What happens on a sushi making class?
Short answer: A lovely chef teaches you how to make lovely sushi. Then you eat it all.
Long answer: A professional sushi chef will teach you about the history of this classic Japanese food, before talking about the perfect way to prepare all the ingredients, from cooking the rice to cutting the fish and vegetables. Then the chef will show you how to construct the finished dishes, from layering and rolling, to slicing and dipping.
And you’ll be using brilliant sharp chefs’ knives too, not the rubbish blunt ones you find in the average British kitchen.
Which sushi day to buy?
It depends on your level of experience. One of the cheaper starter courses lasts for an hour or two and you’ll learn all the basics of making sushi. On the other hand, the half-day courses and master classes are far more depth, and you’ll be making everything from rolls like Makizushi, Futomaki and Urimake to the more unusual Temaki and Nigirizushi. You’ll also see that a lot of Yo! Sushi restaurants also run courses.
You’ll need to allow 2 to 3 hours for the shorter sushi making experiences, and half a day for the longer ones. That’s plenty of time to learn the basics of professional sushi preparation in a working kitchen.
Here’s a list of all the sushi experiences available in the UK today. Buy the cheapest or choose on other factors to find the perfect gift.
Do I really need a sushi making class to make sushi?
Like a lot of Japanese culture, sushi making is something of a ritual. For example, just cooking the rice is a complicated and exacting process:
• weigh the rice,
• rinse it six or more times,
• weigh it again,
• add the exact quantity of water,
• boil for 17 minutes at a low temperature
• remove from the heat and leave to cool for 17 minutes,
• add sushi vinegar and gently coat all the grains,
• allow to cool fully.
Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an art form in itself, and that’s before you even get to the fish, vegetables and other presentation. So if you’re keen on raw fish, I’d say that an experience like this is a great way to learn how to make delicious food just like the professionals. And you get so scoff it all at the end of the experience too!
Extra free stuff
On the Yo! Sushi experiences you also get a 25% discount voucher to use on your next visit, as well as a professional sushi mat and Sushi School booklet. At some of the others, you get a bento box filled with miso soup, chopsticks and all sorts of Japanese excitement. Hooray!