I never ate sushi until I came to London as sadly the options in the East Midlands are a bit limited, there’s a Yo Sushi but nothing else, the only other options are the sushi from Pret or M&S which somehow don’t really seem that attractive as options. I have, however, always been fascinated by sushi – the little bite sized, colourful morsels always called to me. So when I moved down to London I eased myself in gently by making a first trip to Wasabi (their pick and mix style individually wrapped sushi is an amazing way to try things out without having to buy a box full of the stuff if you don’t like it). I quickly initiated my boyfriend into the world of sushi and realised it’s the perfect food for a pescetarian (him not me, I love meat).
So, for Christmas, my mum bought me a voucher for the Yo Sushi! Sushi School so I could learn to make my own. Now, learning to make something on my own is no fun, I wanted someone else to learn too so that they could make it for me (sneaky, right?). So I dragged my boyfriend along too.
We booked in for the Yo Sushi! in the Brunswick Centre and went today for our course. The Yo Sushi! website
In the class you will:
- Learn how to cook Japanese rice;
- View a Fish Cutting demonstration;
- Learn how to make different types of sushi: Maki, Mini ISO, Hand Roll, Nigiri & more
At the end of the class all participants will receive:
- A Sushi School booklet containing a step by step guide to all recipes learnt that day;
- A 25% off voucher to use on your next visit;
- Certificate that confirms that you have completed the course;
- A professional sushi rolling mat to get you started;
- And finally you can enjoy the lunch that you have created
The class now costs only £30 per person or £50 for two, available at 40 participating sites.
So we trotted along hopeful of becoming sushi ninjas by the end of the course, in a Jiro Ono style. We met our teacher for the session, Gabriela, who started by running us through sushi basics (rice, very important!) before we got our hands on the components to start making sushi.We each had a little rolling mat, gloves, a bit bowl of warm sushi rice and an instruction book to take home so we didn’t have to try too hard to remember how to do everything.
We started with a simple cucumber maki (maki are my favourite) before moving onto mini ISO which used the same principles but with the rice on the outside rather than inside.
We then moved onto futomaki which contain fillings, wrapped in nori surrounded by a layer of rice and then another nori sheet containing it all, they are actually much easier than they initially appeared to be, but Gabriela’s instructions and super clear demonstrations really did help.
We also did a handroll which turned out to be a rather messy affair (mine went a bit wrong as I stuffed it far too full of rice) this was immediately eaten – very welcome when spending the course sat in front of the conveyor belt watching all the good sushi go round.
We also did Gunkan which Gabriela explained means ‘battleship’ in Japanese, again, these got eaten pretty quickly. This was followed by salmon nigiri, we were given the opportunity to cut the salmon ourselves which resulted in a number of very thin and very thick slices of salmon, more practice was definitely required.
We finished off by cutting up the sushi rolls so that we could box them up to take home. We ended up with three takeaway boxes of sushi each which is amazing.
So much sushi to take home!
We really enjoyed the course, whilst I maybe would have liked to have done a bit more with fish as an ingredient, I appreciate that would probably bump up the price of the course and it was amazing value. We have learnt the skills though so we can now make our own at home with all the salmon we like. All the staff at the Brunswick Centre Yo Sushi! were lovely and helpful and friendly and Gabriela was a fantastic teacher.
We’ll definitely be making our own sushi once we’ve perfected the rice and stocked up on ingredients.