Welcome to Samsi!
It’s about time I told you about my favourite Japanese restaurant and last week presented a perfect opportunity. I took advantage of a Living Social deal with my boyfriend for a £25 sushi-making class at the Samsi restaurant in Wilmslow and the experts showed us ‘how to roll’. As it turns out, I was the best in the class. I even got a certificate.
OK, that’s a big lie. The chef kept leaning over and fixing my handiwork.
Rather than give you an indepth recipe for every kind of sushi we made, I’ll spoil you with a lot of nice pictures and a quick run down of the different rolls.
Needless to say, you need a lot of rice to make a lot of sushi. When making said sushi, your hands need to be wet (but not too much) so that the rice doesn’t stick to your hands.
We started off easy with a maki roll, so even I could keep up. Mine looks a bit shabby in this because the rice hadn’t been spread out enough on the seaweed before I rolled it up on the tatami mat. If you’re making this yourself, just tap the side of the roll to fix it up.
Next was the California roll, which I’m sure you’re familiar with, and the fabulous Rainbow roll. I’d never even heard of this one before but you basically decorate a California roll with lots of attractively-coloured food.
On to the nigiri. The proper way to roll the rice for this is to only use one hand (it’s pretty hard at first). Once your rice ball is ready, slap the salmon on and flip it over, artistically of course.
Not the clearest picture but it makes me look deceptively skilled. Here’s the final item on the menu – the handroll. Put it all together and you get this…
Needless to say, this was a fantastic Saturday night and I didn’t finish all the sushi (my boyfriend did but he apparently has an infinite stomach). I’m a regular at the Samsi restaurant (there are two, one in Manchester and one in Wilmslow) and recommend it to anyone who loves authentic Japanese food or an alternative to YO! Sushi and Wagamama. Check out Samsi’s website here and, if you’re in the area, look them up!
I’m on holiday in Portugal next week (wait for me, sun!), so I won’t be blogging for a week or possibly even two. Expect something fantastic stuff in the next few weeks though!