Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making Temari Sushi with Children

We have been cooking with flour to make pancakes, pizza, breadcookies and Hong Kong egglets. So I thought we shall cook something else together over the weekend. As we watched the mouth-watering sushi on Japan Hours (Channel NewsAsia) on Saturday, we decided to make some sushi on the next day!

We made temari sushi (temarizushi 手まり寿司). Oh, what is temari sushi?  Temari sushi are sushi balls that resemble temari, which are Japanese embroidered balls.

Making sushi helps children to develop fine motor skills as they mold the rice balls, cut the ingredients, and place the ingredients on to the small rice balls. Making temari sushi allows the children to unleash their creativity.

The children's creations

2 cups rice
2 eggs
2 Japanese cucumbers
4 slices ham

  1. Cook the rice with slightly more water than required (look at the marking in the rice cooker). This makes the rice slightly sticky.
  2. Pan fry the ham.
  3. Beat the eggs and pan fry.
  4. Peel the skin of the cucumbers and remove the seeds. Peel using the peeler, or cut into strips, or cut into slices.
  5. When the rice is ready, put into a big bowl to cool.
  6. Place 2 tablespoons rice on cling wrap, twist up the ends of the wrap tightly, use your palm to roll the rice into a round ball.
  7. Cut ham and eggs using knife or cookie cutters, decorate the rice balls.

  • Use vegetable peeler to slice cucumber, wrap the strips of cucumber around the rice ball (refer to the photo above, the rice ball in the middle).
  • Use strips of thin egg omelet to wrap around the rice balls.

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