Not Sushi (or ‘Sushi’ for The Picky)


I was feeling rather inspired towards the end of last week to invent new things (was probably rather bored too). Following my ladybird pattern, I had a food idea in mind that I wanted to try out. Since the boyfriend stayed over last weekend, I was even more motivated to carry it out as this particular idea sprouted from his picky-eater nature. Story goes – I’ve been craving for sushi recently. I swear, if I had all the money in the world, I would get me a sushi chef and eat Salmon nigiri everyday! The boyfriend, however, does not like rice, seafood and seaweed (and a lot of other things) which is what most sushi consists of. I actually tried to find out if there exists a variant of sushi without the things that he doesn’t like, and all I could come up with is tamagoyaki (literally translates to fried egg). Then, I had this crazy idea of substituting rice with mashed potato and seaweed with tamagoyaki. As I played around with the idea some, I wondered if it was possible to make some sort of chicken roll with things inside. Only one way to find out!

And the results:

(1) Bear-shaped mashed potato
(2) Tuna teriyaki and mashed peas wrapped in tamagoyaki
(3) Chicken teriyaki and creamed cheese with garlic and chives wrapped in mashed potatoes and seasoned tamagoyaki

(1) Chicken katsu
(2) Potato chips, mashed peas and omelette wrapped in chicken patty

Onigiri-style mashed potatoes with tuna teriyaki filling, coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried

I was extremely pleased with how well the shapes turned out! Some of the onigiri-style mashed potatoes did crumble apart in the wok so if you want to give this a go, it may help to reduce the size a bit (I made mine a similar size to regular onigiri). Also, do go crazy with the ingredients. There are infinite possibilities for various combinations here – I just went with whatever I have with me at the time.


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