Temaki is a cone-shaped piece of seaweed on the outside with rice and fillings spilling out the ends. The California Temaki is a popular snack option one would normally order at Japanese restaurants. It is usually made up of avocado, crab sticks, cucumber and prawn roe. It is believed that California rolls are invented by the Americans in the 70s, to suit the taste of those who are uncomfortable eating raw fish. If you’re interested to make your own California Temaki, check out the recipe below.
- Japanese short-grain
- White rice
- Toasted seaweed sheets (intended for making sushi), cut in half
- lengthwise using scissors
- Crabmeat sticks
- Japanese seasoned rice
- Soy sauce
- Cook a pot of rice following package’s instructions. Once cooked, transfer it to a large plate. Gradually pour over the seasoned rice vinegar to taste, while gently mixing the rice with a spatula to incorporate. Allow the rice to cool.
- Separate the crab meat sticks and transfer them from the package to a serving dish.
- Cut cucumber into 2 to 3 inch long, thin strips and plate them on a serving dish.
- Use a large, sharp knife to cut the avocado into thin wedges.
- Place the seaweed sheets, rice, crab meat, cucumber slices, and avocado wedges in the centre of the dinner table and allow your guests to assemble their own hand rolls to their liking. (To keep your hand rolls from unravelling, use a small dab of rice to act as glue under the edge of the seaweed sheet.
- Put soy sauce into small dipping bowls and provide wasabi for your guests.
And there you have it, a recipe on how to make some tasty and fresh California Temaki for your loved ones! If you’re looking to explore the Japanese cuisine, you can check out recipes on Chuka Karaage and Onigiri Tuna Mayo.
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