What You must know about Japanese Fish Rolls

By: Kimikoshi Sumo

Sushi connoisseurs love sushi in roll form. Sushi rolls served in Japanese and American sushi bars are of two basic types.
Seaweed called nori on outside of sushi is one variety of sushi rolls. The second type has nori inside the roll.
Presence of nori be it inside or outside changes dramatically the flavor and texture of sushi rolls.
Those who enjoy nori often prefer the style of sushi roll where the nori is on the outside of the roll. This style of sushi roll is called futomaki.
Sushi rolls that have nori inside them are called uramaki. People who like sushi prefer futomaki as it is more popular and traditional compared to the other form.
Futomaki rolls are often served by Japanese restaurants or sushi bars. Even grocery stores keep futomaki sushi rolls.
Even though futomaki is vegetarian it is served with toppings of fish eggs. Sushi rolls prepared the futomaki way are served in pieces, though it is traditional to offer it as an entire roll during celebrations and Japanese festivals.
Japanese prefer to eat with their fingers, so uramaki is becomes a less popular choice. As uramaki is has a tendency to be sticky and it falls apart under pressure, it is difficult to eat it either with fingers or chopsticks. A uramaki sushi roll, on the other hand, is non-vegetarian in nature and is served with sesame or fish egg toppings.
Uramaki is primarily a North American dish, as Americans are not typically fond of the black coating left on futomaki.
Hosomaki is the unsung hero of the sushi roll family. Like futomaki, hosomaki is wrapped with the nori on the outside of the roll.
Kappamaki, Tekkamaki, Negitoromaki and Tsunamayomaki are the four varieties of hosomaki.
Kappamaki that has cucumber as its main ingredient is said to cleanse the palate after eating raw fish dishes and its accompaniments.
Sushi rolls of tekkamaki variety has tuna fish in them, and is named as such.
Negitoromaki is filled with tuna and scallions. Fatty tuna is commonly used in this type of sushi roll.
Lastly Tsunamayomaki has canned tuna and mayonnaise in it. This is called a domestic version of sushi that can easily be prepared at home.

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Kimikoshi Sumo is a Japanese food expert. Her sushi help website at www.hereishelp.com offers simple yet delicious sushi recipes. Kimi's cookbook for sushi "Introduction to Sushi" is jam packed with tips for making mouth watering sushi delicacies.

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