I'm certainly no sushi expert, but I've loved oriental food for years now.
I remember the first time I ever attempted to make sushi; I was around 11 years old or so, and my class topic was Japan. One day, my teacher brought in a guest to teach us how to make sushi in small groups, and we got to eat it during class time.
Most of my friends took one small nibble of the sushi, scrunched up their faces and went "Ewwwwwwwwww" as 11 year olds do. But for me, that day was the beginning of my love affair with Japanese cuisine.
To this day I have never actually eaten sushi in a restaurant. I have always either bought it from a supermarket, or made it at home. Although making sushi yourself might sound impressive, it's really not. It's probably the most simple snack/meal to make, although it does take a few practices to get the shape perfect.
As I said, it's really simple. It genuinely takes about 5 minutes to make, too. All you have to do before you actually start rolling it together is boil your rice, and prepare your filling. Easy as anything.
Not only that, but it's so cheap to make as well. If you're ever on a budget, and think that sushi is going to be too expensive for you, think again. I usually get my ingredients for sushi from Sainsburys as they have a great range for Japanese ingredients, including sushi rice, nori, and even the rolling matt- each of which cost about £2 each. Not bad, eh?
Obviously the type of filling you want to use could bump the price up a bit, but a great cheaper alternative to fish-stuffed sushi is vegetable sushi. As you'll see in the picture, I used peppers in my sushi today. They make a great filling, as they add moisture and crunchiness to the sushi, which I find goes really well with the rice and nori, plus it's cheap and easy to find!
If you're not a fan of nori, you can always make rice balls (also known as onigiri). I've made Onigiri a few times in the past, and it's just as easy to make. I would suggest using clingfilm to create a perfect spherical shape for your balls, but I'm sure there are other ways to do it. The last time I made onigiri I used some leftover turkey as a filling, which is a pretty unusual filling (especially in Japanese cuisine where fish is much more common) but I found that the ingredients went really well together, especially with a bit of soy sauce!
What's your favourite oriental meal?