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Topic: These are the Questions of our Lives.
Subject: Sushi, Pt. 2


It's actually a good thing you didn't use normal sake, as Mirin is the recommended ingredient. It isn't really important, though.

Posted on 2007-04-05 at 13:48:51.

Topic: The Would You Rather Game
Subject: ...


X-wing. Have you seen how easy those TIE Fighters blow up?

Gilligan or the Skipper?

Posted on 2007-04-05 at 05:03:03.

Topic: The One Word Game
Subject: (as in trapper)


M*A*S*H*

Posted on 2007-04-05 at 05:01:49.

Topic: Corrupt a wish
Subject: ...


OK, but it is heavy and falls on you, and only Grugg can lift it, but he's out of town.

I wish I kicked balls.

Posted on 2007-04-05 at 05:00:48.

Topic: Question and Answers Game
Subject: ...


Who were the production staff of American Idol?


There are some who call him...Tim.

Posted on 2007-04-05 at 04:59:02.

Topic: Add On Story. Fill in 3 words!
Subject: ...


at sleeping Gruggs.

Posted on 2007-04-05 at 04:57:32.

Topic: The Would You Rather Game
Subject: ...


read his/her tag. He/she probably replied to Grugg's intro post by mistake. It happens.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 21:47:06.

Topic: The One Word Game
Subject: ...


squirrel

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 21:46:04.

Topic: Add On Story. Fill in 3 words!
Subject: ...


yelled the ninja.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 21:45:23.

Topic: These are the Questions of our Lives.
Subject: Sushi


For future reference, The best wrap for Makizushi is Nori, which is very thin, and contours to the rice itself. However, it will come in dry sheets, and you do not, I repeat, do not want to wet it ahead of time, nor cut it to size before the roll is finished. What you do is this: Lay the dry Nori on the bamboo mat, and put the rice on it. Spread it out gently over the Nori widthwise, about 1/4" thick, 4" long and the entire width of the sheet, 1/4-3/4" from the back of the sheet. Then put in your fillers, in strips. Then, keeping slight pressure on the end of the mat that is doing the actual rolling (to keep it tight), roll it just as you did with the Konbu, but more gently (so as to avoid tearing it),as it is thinner than paper. Make sure to gently press the sides into the roll to avoid spilling and keep the end pieces neat. When it is ready to be closed, take a droplet of water on a finger, and wet the very edge of it, then continue rolling it, leaving it on that "seam" until it dries. When that is finished, cut it with a very sharp knife (any decent filet knife will do) into 8 equal pieces. What I cannot stress enough during the process, though it was probably a good idea to use the Konbu first, to get a feel for it with more of a margin for error, is finesse and a gentle touch. The reason for the importance on the knife's edge is this: Too dull, and it will tear and shred the roll, as the Nori is very delicate when pliable enough to roll.

Another, easier method is called Nigirizushi. In this method, you form a ball of rice, roughly like a half egg shape with flattened bottom, and sides. Then, you find the grain of your fish (ideally, you should learn on tuna, as it is easy to find)and slice on that line as closely as possible. Once you have your slab, place it on the ball of rice. You can serve it as is, or you can cut a thin strip of Nori just big enough to wrap around the piece, and moisten it with no more than 2-3 drops of water, then, before it is flimsy, wrap it around the piece. This will hold it in place for those less adept with chopsticks to dip it into the soy sauce, upside-down. Regardless of the method, it should always be served with wasabi on the side, the amount depending on the person's taste who is eating it, and a shallow dish of soy sauce, just big enough to accommodate a piece of Nigirizushi.

For those more adept with chopsticks, no nori is needed if you cut a large enough slab of fish. One simply pins the fish to the sides of the ball, turns it over, and dips it, then applies the wasabi to taste, and, saying "Itadakimasu" and bowing to the host(ess)just prior to eating the first piece.

Glad to be of assistance, Fan. I hope your sushi is better received in the future, as everyone should try it at least once in their life, and most people develop a taste for (in my case, addiction to) it. If I were in the neighborhood, and had access to the ingredients, I could teach in person, and it would be most awesome to do so, as I enjoy making it almost as much as eating it.

Also, did you cook the rice with a leaf of Konbu and an appropriate amount of Mirin (sweet sake)? Those are important, but not mandatory, to add to the cohesion of the rice.

Note: Nori can be found at most any Asian specialty market.

Also, good observation. Kung Pao is a style native to the Szechwan region of China, and is traditionally spoken Gong Bao. Although both spellings are actually correct, the traditional spelling is the phonetical usage.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 21:37:12.
Edited on 2007-04-04 at 21:44:57 by Miko_Ayune-sama

Topic: First one to post last wins
Subject: ...


Depends on who you ask, Not Grugg in disguise.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 21:11:42.

Topic: The Egg Tart Game
Subject: ...


Structure is for English majors. I need not worry, as I am a Japanese Major.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 21:11:06.

Topic: ^ < V game
Subject: ...


^ ,where are you?

< We got some work to do now.

V Just sit right back, and you'll hear a tale,

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 15:55:44.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: Tricky guy


The spelling is correct, Ryst, and good one. I didn't expect you to get the race as well. Not many people know Dark Sun. Kudos!

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 15:28:45.

Topic: Question and Answers Game
Subject: ...


What is the battle of the Japanese children's Mascots?

These men were the father's of classical Theatre.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 15:26:54.

Topic: The Would You Rather Game
Subject: ...


Darth Vader (New Hope, Empire, Jedi-Originals, no DVD with Hayden Christensen), cause Darth Maul got killed by an angsty english guy in a flat top.

Han Solo or Chewbacca?

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 15:25:44.

Topic: Add On Story. Fill in 3 words!
Subject: ...


with teriyaki sauce.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 15:24:01.

Topic: Corrupt a wish
Subject: ...


OK, but you are stuck in a nullspace void with Nichelle Nichols, Al Gore, Gary Gygax (though he wouldn't be so bad), and Fry from Futurama.

I wish space-time would let me move backwards.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 14:16:11.

Topic: Corrupt a wish
Subject: ...


OK, but you are stuck in a nullspace void with Nichelle Nichols, Al Gore, Gary Gygax (though he wouldn't be so bad), and Fry from Futurama.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 14:14:34.

Topic: These are the Questions of our Lives.
Subject: Russia, India, Arabia


Yes, they are technically in Asia, but Russia is also in Europe.

Also, on the sushi, I'm a purist and a simplist. My favorite sushi is Maguronigiri (Japanese Tuna, sliced along the grain to make a slab and draped over a rice ball). Was that Konbu the sushi was wrapped in?

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 13:49:34.

Topic: First one to post last wins
Subject: Yes, bunny lives. For a while.


As long as there's sushi, the bunny remains safe, but tasty.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 00:19:45.
Edited on 2007-04-04 at 00:20:06 by Miko_Ayune-sama

Topic: ^ < V game
Subject: ...


^ Llama's Llama

< Tastes of Llama

V Llama Llama Duck

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 00:18:36.

Topic: The Egg Tart Game
Subject: ...


Fries were invented in belgium, not france, and I will not even say the word. freedom in the same sentence.

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 00:16:38.

Topic: Add On Story. Fill in 3 words!
Subject: ...


Just then, ninjas

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 00:15:11.

Topic: The One Word Game
Subject: ...


Vanilla

Posted on 2007-04-04 at 00:13:01.

 


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