What I love most about sushi is that there are so many different ways to prepare sushi. You have normal rolls, inside-out rolls, a piece of rice with some sort of topping on top and then there are all the different ingredients that can be used.
A few weeks ago I had a beautiful day with friends in the city of Utrecht. We had dinner at this vegan place and the food was above our expectations. This was the first time that I heard of something called a sushi sandwich, so it wasn’t hard to pick what I would be eating that evening.
At home I created my own style of a sushi sandwich with my favorite ingredients inside. I can’t wait to share this one with you as it is so much fun to make in the kitchen (it feels like creating art in the kitchen) and it tastes so good!
- 1/2 cup sushi rice
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar of rice vinegar
- 1 nori sheet
- fresh beet or store bought cooked beets
- 1 medium carrot
- very small piece of cucumber to cut about 5 slices
- 1/4-1/2 package of tofu
- balsamic vinegar
- water to stick the nori sheet together
Start by marinating the tofu into some balsamic vinegar. Cut the tofu into rectangles with a measurement around 1x2x0,5 centimeter. Take a container and place the tofu strips on the bottom of the container. Now drown them in balsamic vinegar.
While the tofu is marinating start cooking the sushi rice as said on the back of the package of the rice you are using. When the rice is cooked and has cooled down for about 10-15 minutes add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar if you have that on hand and mix that in with the rice. Now let the rice cool completely, personally I like to put the rice in a container and put it in the fridge to cool down. If you don’t have a lot of time to let it cool down, you can also put it in the freezer, which speeds up the process.
In the meantime, you can start by cutting the vegetables. Start by cooking the beets that you will be using. (You can also buy store bought beets which are cooked and cooled down which will save you some time.) When the beets are cooked and cooled down, cut them into thin slices.
For the carrot we will be grating the carrot very finely and the cucumber will be cut into very thin slices.
When the tofu has been marinated enough you can bake them in a non-stick pan. Turn them around when they start to become nice and crispy.
Now we are ready to create the sushi sandwich
Place a sheet of nori on a cutting board or any other straight surface. Add a square of rice about 1-2 centimeter thick.
On top add a layer grated carrot, cucumber slices, tofu and cooked beets.
Finally add another 1-2 centimeter layer of rice.
Now wet two corners in opposite direction of each other with a bit of ware and fold two corners to the middle of the square. Make sure that the corners are wet enough to stick to the nori, but not to wet that it will fall apart. And do the same with the other two corners.
Now you can turn the sandwich so the clean and not folded side is visible. With a sharp knife cut through the middle of the sandwich and the beautiful inside will be shown!
You can eat the sushi sandwich on its own or you can add some soy sauce. Personally I like to dilute my soy sauce with some water as I find soy sauce to be a bit to salty.
I can’t wait to make this kind of sushi more often and experiment with different ingredients maybe with brown rice and fruit inside next time. What ingredients would you add to your sushi sandwich? I would love to know!