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November 17, 2011

Panda Sushi

Panda Sushi

Hello there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Can you believe that it’s almost christmas?

My uni exams stole a whole chunk of my November, so I was pleasantly surprised to find Christmas decorations everywhere when I came out of my studying shell and entered the real world! Christmas and New Year is by far my favourite time of the year- there is something indescribably joyful about hearing the sounds of Christmas carols and seeing beautiful Christmas trees and other decorations everywhere!

With so much Christmas spirit in the air, I can’t quite get it off my mind and have been making plans for a Christmas themed cake….but it’s probably a bit early for that!

Panda Sushi

Meanwhile, I’m here tackling my list (of things to make) which you may remember me talking about. Since I realise that it is unrealistically long, I’ve brought it down to two main things ‘skills’ which I hope to master improve on before the end of the year:

1. Cake decorating- not with fondant and everything but just making them look nicer or more presentable.

2. Sushi making- which is of course, the subject of today’s post.

I’ve been terrible at making sushi for as long as I can remember. Whilst I’ve had practice from helping my mother out since I was young, my rolls have always been much too loose, lop-sided and pretty much terrible no matter how much effort I put into making them. Even my friend’s first attempt at sushi was better than mine!!To be honest, I wasn’t too fussed at my lack of sushi making ability until I discovered decorative sushi, where the pattern is found inside the sushi, when you cut it open. The idea itself was very intriguing, but I was even more amazed when i searched online to find beautiful designs, including my personal favourite, the apanman sushi. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a wonderful sushi book when I was in Hong Kong, which introduced me to more beautiful (and mostly simple) designs- and it was quite detailed and easy to follow!

Panda Sushi

I started off making panda shapes, since it looked simple enough, with only two colours that I had to mix (black from sesame powder and brown from a homemade soy-based sauce). Making decorative sushi is a little different to making normal sushi, in that you sort of pile everything up into its shape before rolling together and the roll is much larger than normal. It’s also important that the sushi is packed nice and tight, or else the picture will not show properly- which was difficult for me since my rolls have always been too loose.

The rolls are larger than normal sushi rolls, and my first ones accidentally turned out massive– so big that I needed an extra half a sheet of seaweed to cover the outside of the roll! My second ones were a lot better and manageable- even if the shape didn’t turn out as defined as those in the book ๐Ÿ™‚

To be honest, these were much nicer to look at than to eat- after all, it’s just a roll of rice! I thought the sesame and rice combination was rather weird- both in taste and texture. It’s less noticeable when you’re not eating the sushi by itself (I ate it with my leftover tuna), so I guess I’ll just have to think of more things to accompany the rolls! I’ll definitely be making my way through this book in the next couple of weeks, and should hopefully see an improvement in my sushi making skills ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe I’ll even get the photograph the making of the sushi rolls for you to see!

Panda Sushi

So unfortunately, there’s no recipes or instructions today, but I will leave any of you experienced sushi makers with a question:

How do you get a clean cut on your sushi rolls? I already used my sharpest knife (and I’m pretty sure it is very sharp) and wiped away all the sticky stuff on it before making another cut! I’m thinking it might have something to do with the fact that the rice is loose?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚

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47 Comments

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal

    Those panda sushi rolls look very cute. I've not tried to make them before. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Besides using sharp knife to cut sushi, you also need moisten your knife with water mix with rice vinegar for a clean cut.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM Reply
  • wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more

    crazily cute!

    If I were to attempt this, it won't be recognizable as panda.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM Reply
  • yummychunklet

    Very cute and delicious!

    November 17, 2011 at 6:41 PM Reply
  • OohLookBel

    Your sushi efforts are adorable! I didn't realise you had to colour the rice, but it looks fantastic. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the future.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:11 PM Reply
  • MissPiggy

    Very very very cute – seems a shame to eat the panda though (aren't they protected – lol).

    November 18, 2011 at 12:19 AM Reply
  • Nic@diningwithastud

    You did such an awesome job! Well done ๐Ÿ™‚ shame about the flavour but hey, if it looks this cute, who the hell cares haha

    November 18, 2011 at 4:17 AM Reply
  • Amy Chen

    SO CUTE !

    November 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM Reply
  • Mary

    wow! when I first saw them I thought you individually made them!

    I've tried making normal sushi before but even that failed because I couldn't get the rice to be moist. Lucky for me, sushi is so cheap in stores anyway so I may as well leave it to the experts.

    lol and agreed about Christmas…so tempting to start buying presents and decorating in November. My favourite time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM Reply
  • Viv

    too cute ๐Ÿ˜‰ and congrats on finishing uni for the year! must be a great feeling!

    i had sushi today with tuna and avocado as well…but nothing looking as fancy as your panda ones hehe.

    not sure how to get a clean cut…use serrated knife?!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM Reply
  • iva | in my kitchen

    oh my goodness! those panda sushi look amazingly cute. Yum! which reminds me, I havent had sushi in a while!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM Reply
  • laurie

    Those are so cute!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM Reply
  • vianney

    Oh these are adorable!! My girls would love them!! congrats on finishing classes!!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:23 PM Reply
  • Cooking Gallery

    I LOVE the panda sushi!!! And I have the sushi book too and I really admire Ken Kawasumi, his creations are just incredible! I've been telling myself to make one of those beautiful decorative sushi, but I've been too lazy so far. Thumbs up to you :D)!!

    November 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM Reply
  • DV

    Such cute panda sushi! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your creativity is superb!

    November 20, 2011 at 3:30 AM Reply
  • JasmyneTea

    Hope your exams went well! These are just too cute, and they'd probably really encourage me to eat more sushi because of the adorable shapes ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM Reply
  • Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    These panda sushi rolls are so cute! What a great presentation, and looks so yummy too!

    November 20, 2011 at 5:52 PM Reply
  • Rita (mademoiselle dรฉlicieuse)

    Awww…so cute! But a shame if it's just for show and doesn't taste good, although it is an odd sensation thinking of black sesame with rice.

    November 21, 2011 at 8:18 AM Reply
  • Shaheen

    I love these and i know my family would too.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM Reply
  • Lizzy

    Oh, these are SO cute! What a great idea! Perfect way to introduce kids to sushi ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM Reply
  • Amelia's De-ssert

    Oh my…. your panda sushi look so cute and the flower at the side very pretty too. 2 thumbs up for you. Have a nice day.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM Reply
  • Reem | Simply Reem

    CUTE!!!!!
    Trust me these are the cutest sushi I have ever seen…
    Perfect Perfect for my kids to get use to sushi…
    For sure will try them.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:05 PM Reply
  • Angie's Recipes

    wow those are so pretty!

    November 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM Reply
  • Rita

    These are the cutest creations; you're good.
    Rita

    November 21, 2011 at 6:36 PM Reply
  • tigerfish

    Nah, how can this be early for Christmas…:p

    cute pandas …when you make sushi like that, I will eat less cos they are just too adorable.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:32 PM Reply
  • Tasteasyoucook

    They look adorable and yummy.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM Reply
  • munchinwithmunchkin.com

    Super cute!

    November 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM Reply
  • Charlene Moon

    Very Kawaii!!!

    I noticed we have the same plates – way to make my day! Its like you made these in my kitchen! ^.~ not creepy at all!

    Keep up the good work and good luck with your list!

    Charlene

    November 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM Reply
  • Jules

    What a cutie idea!

    November 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM Reply
  • betty

    these are soo cute!! i think the trick is to dip your knife in hot water?

    November 22, 2011 at 12:06 AM Reply
  • Mochachocolata Rita

    omg they are too cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee

    November 22, 2011 at 1:16 AM Reply
  • Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Oh my god these are SO cute!!!!!! You couldn't help but smile seeing these.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:52 AM Reply
  • Swee San @ TheSweetSpot

    ohmy that is SO CUTE!!!

    November 22, 2011 at 5:08 AM Reply
  • Shen @ JustOneCookbook

    The key to clean cut sushi roll is to cut fast with 1 stroke and make sure all the sticky stuff is wiped away. Rinse the knife under water and wipe dry if there are too much food stuck.

    November 22, 2011 at 6:57 AM Reply
  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy

    These are insanely cute! I want to make these so badly! Bookmarked this!

    November 22, 2011 at 12:16 PM Reply
  • Jeannie

    Too cute to eat! Amazing creation!

    November 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM Reply
  • sugarpuffi

    *squee* omg they are so cute!!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:27 AM Reply
  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter

    so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM Reply
  • Zoe

    These sushi are SO CUTE!

    You must be happy that the exams are over! So nice that you can now sit back and enjoy your Christmas holidays!!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 4:46 AM Reply
  • Hotly Spiced

    Absolutely gorgeous. I had never thought to make shapes out of sushi other than the traditional. Totally beautiful are your pandas – too good to eat!

    November 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM Reply
  • Joanne

    I am the WORST sushi maker. Ever. Your pandas are so adorable. Makes me wish I had some sushi skillz.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM Reply
  • Christine@Christine's Recipes

    Wow, these panda sushi rolls are very cute. Haven't made any sushi for a long time. You make me feel like to make some .

    November 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM Reply
  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Cutest sushi ever! I don't think I could pull out something as adorable and creative ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 25, 2011 at 3:29 AM Reply
  • Vivian - vxdollface

    Wha very creative! Must've taken a while to make :O

    November 25, 2011 at 6:45 AM Reply
  • leaf (the indolent cook)

    So adorable, and the flower one is very pretty too!

    November 25, 2011 at 8:08 PM Reply
  • Elizabeth

    These are SO adorable!

    November 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM Reply
  • Renee

    Just had to chime in and say those are amazingly well done! Nice work!

    November 29, 2011 at 8:57 PM Reply
  • Yelena Strokin

    My daughter loves pandas and if I made this she would be really happy! Thank you for the recipe. Your picture look great.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM Reply
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