Video:How to Make a Crab Tempura Rollwith Hiroko Shimbo
Looking for a bit of crunch in your sushi roll? Learn how to make a tasty crab tempura roll in just a few simple steps.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make a Crab Tempura Roll
I am Hiroko Shimbo from Hiroko's Kitchen in New York City for About.com. Today I am going to show you how to make a crab tempura roll.
Make the Crab Tempura
OK, so, this is the crab legs and how to make this tempura. It’s easy I will show you. This is the tempura flour. Just, first, you need to flour these crabs. Now, here, I have this flour mixed with water, a kind of pancake batter like texture. This is what you are looking for. Now, this is ready. The choice of oil, I use canola. Also, I love rice brown oil.
OK, now this is heating. Let me check the temperature of the oil. So, you need a drop of this tempura batter. The batter goes down and then a little bit time to come up. Turn to medium heat. The legs go into this tempura batter. Then, into the oil. And, fry about maybe two minutes. A kind of not too golden. Just lightly.
Wrap the Bamboo Mat
OK, so this is the makisa, the bamboo mat. Flat side is always the top. Then also you have to wrap the mat with plastic paper. So, that rice won’t stick to the mat.
Put Rice on the Nori
Now, this is the Nori, which I cut in half cross wise. And then, putting this Nori shiny side down, at the edge of the mat. I am going to grab the sushi rice, which means, everyone says very sticky, so, just moist with water, vinegar water and grab about one cup. And make it into kind of an egg shape. And put this on top of Nori, half inch below. Just push the rice like this. Rinse off and you just cover whole Nori. Except the top half inch.
Add Ingredients to the Roll
Then you need Sesame Seed or tobiko or ground nuts. This one just flip this way. And always put the Nori and the rice at the edge of the mat. Here is the little or quite spicy pickled jalapeno. Then, a little cilantro, a kind of very foreign flavor. These legs are very thin so I can put four.
How to Roll the Crab Tempura Roll
Thumb goes under and four fingers are tightly holding the inside ingredients. Roll tight, if you don’t roll tight here you are rolling in air. A kind of air as well, so, make sure very very tight. Now, you have to release this. Otherwise, you are rolling the mat. Another quarter turn. Then just release this and you want to make it nicely square. Push the sushi up. And, then, index finger is moving from the center, while gently pressing the top surface, centered to the right. And, here you are. Cut the sushi, you need to saw it. Starting in the center, don’t put much pressure.
This is the crab tempura roll. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.