Types and Variants of Sushi Rolls

Published: 23rd October 2009
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Sushi connoisseurs love sushi in roll form. There are two primary types of sushi rolls that are sold in restaurants and sushi bars both in Japan and in North America.

The first style of sushi roll has the nori, or seaweed, on the outside of the roll. The second type is the one which has nori inside the sushi roll.

Whether or not the nori is on the outside or inside of the roll can dramatically change the flavor and texture of the sushi. Nori enthusiasts often prefer seaweed on the outside of their sushi rolls.

This kind of sushi rolls is known as futomaki. Sushi rolls that have nori inside them are called uramaki. Futomaki is preferred to uramaki as it is more popular and and traditional in form.

A sushi restaurant or sushi bar, even a grocery store, would supply you the futomaki variant. A typical futomaki sushi is vegetarian but has fish eggs as toppings.

Sushi rolls prepared the futomaki way are served in pieces, though it is traditional to offer it as an entire roll during celebrations and Japanese festivals. Japanese prefer to eat with their fingers, so uramaki is becomes a less popular choice. Uramaki is very difficult to eat with fingers and chopsticks due to its tendency to not only be sticky, but fall apart under pressure.

A uramaki sushi roll, on the other hand, is non-vegetarian in nature and is served with sesame or fish egg toppings. Uramaki has primarily originated in North America since its natives are not fond of coating on futomaki.

Hosomaki stands out in the entire sushi rolls family. As with futomaki, hosomaki is served with seaweed on the outside of sushi rolls.

There are four primary types of hosomaki. These include Kappamaki, Tekkamaki, Negitoromaki and Tsunamayomaki.

• Kappamaki cleanses the palette of raw fish dishes and its servings as its primary ingredient is cucumber.

• The red color of tuna fish gives tekkamaki its name and base ingredient.

• Negitoromaki variety of sushi rolls has scallions and tuna in them.

• The fourth variety of hosomaki, that is Tsunamayomaki, has canned tuna and mayonnaise in it. Such sushi rolls are easy to prepare at home and can be tried by any sushi enthusiast.

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