How do you prepare a sushi roll in under an hour?
It’s not an easy task, but it’s all about keeping your fingers crossed.
It’s the Japanese way of saying ‘thank you’ for your service.
The phrase was popularised by sushi chef Nobu Yoshiaki, who used it in his cookbook, Sushi: The Art and Science of Making It.
“There is nothing more important than your service, so you should pay attention to your manners,” Yoshiaki says.
“When you are going through the process of preparing sushi, you should always pay attention not to look at each other or look at your food.”
Sushi chefs often use the phrase “Ichiban” (I am hungry) to emphasise their gratitude.
“If you are having a really good time, you might say ‘Ichiben’ (I eat too much),” Yoshiaki said.
But when you are preparing sushi for a large crowd, there is no “Ichiiban” phrase.
“It’s not so much that you should be grateful, but you should have your manners and try to keep your hands clean,” Yoshiakas advice says.
Yoshiaki said that when you were preparing a roll, you shouldn’t be distracted from the roll by any other items on the table.
“For example, if you are making a large sushi roll and you have some fish in your plate, there might be something on your plate that is not being used properly,” he said.
“That might be the rice.
You might have some vegetables.
There is no reason why you should look at all the other things on the plate.”
Instead, Yoshiaki recommends using a technique called “doujinshi”, which means “dressing”.
“If there are any rice or vegetables on your plates, it might be a good idea to wash your hands after the roll,” Yoshi said.
Yojiaki said you can also prepare sushi using a “tori” or a knife.
“You can use a knife or a fork to slice the roll into small pieces,” he says.
But before you start, you must make sure that your sushi rolls have a good seal.
“Before you put your sushi roll on the counter, make sure you make sure the seal is perfect,” Yoshiakis advice says.
“This way, if something happens on the outside, the sushi chef can remove it quickly.”
If you can’t find the seal that’s perfect, then it’s important to put a seal on the back of the sushi roll before you put it on the cutting board.
“The seal is important so that when the roll is cut, it won’t come out the side and cause any damage to the sushi,” Yoshiaks advice says