I’m a huge fan of sushi and I’m always down to try something new. I recently went to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant outside of Seattle and found something that I’d never seen before. It was a ‘Chef’s Special’ called a Super Cucumber Roll. Instead of sushi wrapped in rice, it was wrapped in cucumber. Not only did the Super Cucumber Roll look different, it tasted different as well — it was really good! That’s why I want to share this awesome sushi recipe with you!
Hamachi (Japanese amberjack or yellowtail)
Yamagabo (Japanese pickled burdock root)
Daikon (white radish) sprouts
NOTE: Since I’m a sushi-eater not a sushi chef (although I can make a few delicious rolls), my best advice is to look at the picture of the Super Cucumber Roll for reference (because I don’t have the ’real’ sushi recipe in my hands).
As you can see there are hardy chunks of raw salmon, tuna and hamachi with avocado and yamagabo (I thought they were carrots at first — give me a break — I’m a dude) heavily wrapped in a thin layer of cucumber. I don’t think the sprouts are part of the main Super Cucumber Roll, instead I think they’re just used for garnish (but feel free to experiment). The sesame seeds are also only used for garnish, and the soy sauce is sprinkled over the cucumber roll once it’s all put together.
Check out this video (from :00-2:15) for an idea on how to cut the cucumber for the outside of the roll:
As you can see in the picture above, the Super Cucumber Roll that I ate was served on another thin rectangle of cucumber (which still had some skin on it) and had extra, smaller slices of cucumber for appearance (and eating, of course).
Even if you don’t follow this exact sushi recipe (as un-exact as it is), hopefully it will at least give you an idea of something new and fun to try. I can think of 50 different ingredients (especially some with spice) that I’d like to try in a Super Cucumber Roll. My advice — have fun experimenting!
I’d love to know what you think of the Super Cucumber Roll! Do you have other sushi recipes that you want to share? I’d love to hear them. You can simply leave a message below, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more posts on food, sports, music and more!