Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

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Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:39 pm

So,

My wife loves sushi rolls.
When we go on a date, it's (almost) always sushi.
So what can I do? I had to learn to make the girl some sushi... but to make sushi, I explained, you have to have the right tools :twisted:
Enter Young Samurai :mrgreen:

It was a real pleasure, a little stressful, and slightly intimidating - but finally, supremely satisfying! And to top it all off, it was good AND the kids loved it!

Here's my very first attempt at the art that I hope to hone.
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p.s
When I first got this 240 Yanagi, I found to be in rather excellent condition. The F&F were very nice. The neck area on mine is well done and not sharp. The grind, though not even throughout the blade road, was really quite alright, and ootb edge was much more than workable. Why then did I put it to the stones, God only knows... In any case, I took it to task, and botched it up real bad, not thinking of any proper technique, just winging it.
The next night (last night), I went over a Korin video, and voila, a few minutes on a 1k, followed by a 6k, followed by just a few more minutes on a... shoot, I forgot the name of that natural, but that - and now it's not looking THAT sorry anymore. It cuts like a hottori hanzo, though 8-)
Mark, thanks again for backing those young fellows - the price point really allowed young fellows like myself to enter another knife to the (IT'S NOT A) collection :)

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Cutuu » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:12 pm

Nice work! I want one of these when they restock.

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by slobound » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:33 pm

Cutuu wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:12 pm
Nice work! I want one of these when they restock.
Me too, Cutuu!

Great job trying something new, Dan!
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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Bluenoser87 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:09 am

Your first attempt looks much better than mine by a long shot

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by snipes » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:53 am

Great pics. The food looks fantastic. Would you mind sharing the Korin video please? I need to try and mess mine up as well.

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:25 am

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

The korin video is nice and slow, and if you wish to review you can just play it on 1.25 or 1.5 speed :)
https://youtu.be/ExpQB_WF5ug

I really needed to hear the basics all over again. It's amazing how long you can spend on doing something wrong, and then how relatively quick it takes to do it right ;)

p.s
I had leftover rice and fish the next day, so I let me bonnie lass try rolling and cutting - she loved both (especially the cutting!)
She makes me so proud :)
This time she included in the photo (yes! she even arranged :mrgreen: ) some of the pickled ginger I made.
Greatest compliment she could give me was "wow, Dan! It tastes just like in the restaurants!" It's that easy (the ginger, that is)
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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:30 am

Oh,

I think the most useful tip I caught out there (only one video I saw mentioned this) was to have a ice-cold wet rag nearby, to swipe the slicer clean after every cut (of the finished roll).
That sticky rice really sticks, and it will effectively ruin your roll if you try to cut while it's still on the blade. The cold water helps.

There are much more experienced fellows around here that are more than welcome to add, correct, or just generally chime in. Mauichef?

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Horizonson » Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:19 am

Well done!

Looks like some sashimi, too!

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:36 am

Horizonson wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:19 am
Well done!

Looks like some sashimi, too!
Thanks Horizonson!
I've had a few more tries, and the process is gradually getting smoother, and less cluttered around the kitchen!
I love how it is both pleasing to the eye, the palate, AND the kids! Man, my 3yo gobbles up that raw tuna like there's no tomorrow - and he exclaims Sooosi with a big ol' grin :D
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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Jeff B » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:37 am

Altadan wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:36 am
...Man, my 3yo gobbles up that raw tuna like there's no tomorrow - and he exclaims Sooosi with a big ol' grin :D
That is too cool! :D
If God wanted me to be a vegetarian he wouldn't have made animals taste so good.

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by nakneker » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:08 am

Nice job Dan!!
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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by n64bomb » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:32 pm

The only thing missing is wasabi! Nom nom looks tasty

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:44 pm

n64bomb wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:32 pm
The only thing missing is wasabi! Nom nom looks tasty
oh yeah...

I'm not sure what to do about that. The first one I got was from Korgers; an ugly mix set in egg sauce (not my taste at all!)
The next one I got looked much more legit, from Spouts; it was a small can of powder, from which I took a few pinches and mixed with a bit of water to reach the right consistency... but it was almost pure horse-raddish (maybe 1% wasabi), and way too sinus-opening-strong, ya know?

Anyone have any tips on where/how to get my hands on better stuff?

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Ut_ron » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:56 pm

I get mine from the local Asian market.

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:59 pm

Ut_ron wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:56 pm
I get mine from the local Asian market.
And? Horse-raddish through and through, or better than that? :P

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Ut_ron » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:03 pm

Still lots of horse radish but better then other store brands. My sushi place is going to order me some. When I get it I will let you know the brand so you could order it on line.

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:09 pm

Ut_ron wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:03 pm
Still lots of horse radish but better then other store brands. My sushi place is going to order me some. When I get it I will let you know the brand so you could order it on line.

Asking the sushi place sounds like a good idea, too.
There's a casually good one nearby, and there's a real fancy one we enjoy on special occasions that is superb...
In any case, a brand-name / photo will be much appreciated :ugeek:

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Ut_ron » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:12 pm

Altadan wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:59 pm
Ut_ron wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:56 pm
I get mine from the local Asian market.
And? Horse-raddish through and through, or better than that? :P
Here you go 😂

https://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Junko-Mur ... ref=plSrch

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:16 pm

Ut_ron wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:12 pm
Altadan wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:59 pm
Ut_ron wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:56 pm
I get mine from the local Asian market.
And? Horse-raddish through and through, or better than that? :P
Here you go 😂

https://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Junko-Mur ... ref=plSrch
I'll watch it tonight... see if I get any insights.
Thanks so much Ut_ron!! I really appreciate it!

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Re: Young Samurai Dreams of Sushi

Post by Altadan » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:17 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: NOT

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