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57.  Learn to make sushi    –   completed 02.20.2010

February 20, 2010, I was so sick.

I had the worst cold/respiratory gum-boo in my life; I wore myself out just trying to breathe.

I was bummed because I would need to cancel my attendance in my sushi class.

When I called to cancel, I was told it was too late; with my participation, there were just enough people to meet the minimum enrollment.

I ended up going. Other than sitting as far away from the other class attendees as possible (as to not share the wealth), I had a great time! My class was held in Gygi’s beautiful demo kitchen.

My instructor, Jonas Otsuji, apprenticed at the number-one rated sushi bar in Las Vegas, Sushi Roku and worked as the Head Chef of Dragon Fly, Las Vegas. Jonas’ training in Japanese cooking began at the age of six, in his grandmother’s kitchen.  He now owns Sushi Surfer, where he caters numerous events and teaches others the art of making sushi.

Jonas made the whole process look so easy. My hands were covered with rice most of the time; I worried about having my hands too wet, but later learned I actually needed more water to keep the rice from sticking to my fingers.

Notice the lack of rice on his fingers,

One of Jonas’ creations:

My attempt at Te maki sushi turned out pretty well.
Another beautiful roll by Jonas:
Since my first class on February 20, I have taken two other classes from Jonas, “Speciality Sushi,” which included dessert rolls and “Advanced Sushi.”

Jonas instructing us on dessert sushi,

Here is my dessert sushi, created with coconut rice, strawberries, bananas, whip cream, blankets of soy paper and fried tempura and with drizzle of chocolate sauce. Yum. Is your mouth watering?

Happy sushi!

Becky - April 28, 2010 - 10:03 AM

Great pics! And the dessert one sounds tasty… I’m not much of a fish person. :)

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