Nasi Lemak Sushi

Nasi Lemak Sushi

I’ve featured nasi lemak before – it’s a favourite local dish, of Malay origin, made with coconut rice, fish, egg, cucumber and a spicy sauce.

Often it comes packaged in a banana leaf for lunch, although I have also seen it deconstructed and layered so it looks very much like a slice of lasagne. Either way, it is very tasty.

This, however, was a completely new take on the classic, nasi lemak served as sushi. The egg – slices of omelette rather than fried – and the cucumber were rolled up with the rice into a maki, with the crispy fish and the sambal sauce dabbed on top of each slice. It was delicious and here, unlike the banana leaf version, you could actually eat the (nori) wrapping.

At S$8 for a serving of 8 pieces, it is slightly more expensive than ‘real’ sushi, but for novelty value it was worth even cent.

Sushi Stools

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It’s always nice when cafes and restaurants make an effort to be a little different, and set themselves above the pack. In places with a huge amount of competition – like in Singapore, where the vast majority either eat out or bring home takeaway – it all helps entice a few more customers through the doors.

This particular sushi bar caught my eye because it manages to be cute and witty without going over the top. It’s in a high traffic area along with other cafes above a busy MRT station, with a public corridor running between counter and tables. Any furniture needs to be neat and small enough to tuck away easily and not impede passersby, whilst still providing a decent place to sit down and enjoy a quick snack. I think these stools do the trick perfectly.

Their drum shape is ideally suited to be turned into the classic ‘maki’-style sushi roll, dark sides to represent the ‘nori’ seaweed, a picture of rice with different fillings decorating the top. It helps that their sushi and other Japanese snacks are tasty as well as being good value, but full marks to the designer at Umi Sushi who came up with this idea.

Sushi Santa

Category : Food

sushi santa

OK, I admit I am showing off, but these were hand made by daughter #1 and myself at a cooking class in Singapore just before Christmas. In fact, they were simpler to make than might appear – you just have to have a picture in your head of what the cross section will look like once you bundle up all the rolls of seaweed-wrapped rice you have made.

These Santas were constructed with 5 slim rolls of white rice, one rounded rectangle of white rice, a square of soy sauce tinged rice and a triangle tinted red. Position them carefully, encase the whole lot in a final sheet of nori seaweed, and you have a chunky roll which can then be sliced. The details of eyes and nose were cut out of seaweed or bits of deconstructed crabstick, and added afterwards.

Once you know how this works, the design possibilities are endless!