Sushi and Dora Yaki Recipe


For Japan (my Cadettes) we had sushi (not too big a hit) and dora yaki (little pancakes filled with bean paste-- yummy). We also taught origami (little samurai helmets -- my daughters love Japanese anime and Ronin Warriors is their favorite!) and we taught girls how to use chopsticks to pick up mini marshmallows (the chopsticks were Chinese, but no one knew -- we bought them in Philly's Chinatown for about $2.50 a gross).

Contributed by:
Carolyn Melo
Pickering Valley (Girl Scout) Service Unit, USA


Sushi recipe (also check in Japanese cookbooks available in your local library)

We bought toasted seaweed (nori) at a Chinatown grocery store -- you can also get it at some health food stores. It comes 10 sheets to a pack for about $2.50 or so.

Cook rice the usual way (if you use short grain rice it will stick together better) but when it's done, sprinkle vinegar on it while a second person fans it to cool it. Seriously, my friend and I just cracked up while we were doing this! When the rice is cool, pat it in about a 1/4 inch thick layer on the nori, staying about 1/2 inch from the ends. You can put a scallion (green onion) or some mushrooms or some cucumber spears on top of the rice, near one long end. Wet your hands and start to roll like a jelly roll from one long end . If you go very slowly and are careful, you will end up with a very pretty green log. Using a sharp knife, cut it into rounds about 1 inch thick. I know that sushi is usually thicker, but you are just trying to get a sample to the kids and if they like it they can have more. We managed to get 10 slices per roll which was way more than we needed.

To transform this into sashimi you'll need very thinly sliced raw fish. We did not go this route as we were concerned about the fish going bad while unrefrigerated. Serve with wasabi (Japanese horseradish) as a dip -- caution-- this stuff is incredibly hot!!!! The biggest drawback that I saw was that the rolls smell a little fishy from the seaweed even if you don't use fish on top. One way around it is to roll the seaweed to the inside -- we did not try this ourselves but I have had these "California" rolls and they don;t smell as much. The smell turned off some of the kids.

Dora Yaki (grilled temple gongs -- literally!) are small, sweet pancakes. I found a recipe in a cookbook but you can use any pancake recipe, but just make them fairly small. I once found a can of sweetened red bean paste but I have also just cooked red beans and sweetened them with sugar and vanilla. The texture is not as good, so you might want to run the beans through a food processor to get them kind of like whipped potatoes. We added red food coloring to get a neat color. "Ice" the pancakes with the bean paste and top with another pancake for a little sandwich

Contributed by:
Carolyn Melo
Pickering Valley (Girl Scout) Service Unit, USA


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