For the holidays, Jeff’s daughters gave us a Groupon experience: a sushi-making class at a Japanese restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston. Because the Groupon was about to expire, we got our act together and made a reservation for our class. Jeff called to find out how long the class lasted, and he was told 30 minutes. We were a little surprised that it seemed short, but we were game anyway.
We drove into Boston and somehow managed to get a parking spot right across the street from the restaurant on busy Newbury Street. That never, ever happens!
The restaurant, Warbora, was a small affair in the lower level of one of row houses. We arrived a few minutes early, and a young man who was also participating in the class with a friend came along right after us. The sushi chef had two stations for two set up at the sushi bar.
Because we had to wear plastic gloves that were way too big for me, I didn’t take many photos unfortunately.
The sushi chef stood between the two couples and demonstrated three different sushi rolls, one at a time:
- California roll: crab, avocado, cucumber
- Sweet potato roll: sweet potato fries
- Sunday roll: cream cheese, tempura shrimp, cucumber, and crab on top.
The process involved:
- taking a rectangular piece of seaweed and spreading out a generous handful of sticky rice on the “rough” side of the seaweed
- flipping the seaweed/rice over and sprinkling on a mix of dark and light sesame seeds
- adding the other ingredients in a particular order
- rolling it up tightly and using the sticky rice on the edge of the roll to help it stay together
- taking a plastic wrap covered bamboo sheet and using it to refine the shape of the roll
- cutting the roll into 8 pieces and arranging it artistically on a serving plate
- adding sauces such as teriyaki, spicy mayo, mayo, sriracha in a pattern on top of the roll.
The class definitely lasted more than 30 minutes. We didn’t feel rushed.
Here’s my masterpiece!
Next was another fun part of the process. We got to eat our creations! So delicious, and way too much food.
It was fun to do the class with other people, and we also met some nice folks from Plymouth who were having dinner next to where we were seated. Definitely not my standard Monday afternoon.
Thanks S. and M. for a wonderful experience! If I can figure out how to make sticky rice, Jeff and I will try to make some more rolls on our own one of these days. If you are in the Boston area, I definitely recommend participating in this fun class! Or if you’re not local, check out Groupon or LivingSocial for a sushi making class near you. I really enjoyed this gift!
Have you ever made sushi? If so, how did you learn?