So pretty. I love japanese food, but my kids don’t. I used to look longingly at children in malls munching on sushi cones while mine dragged me towards the chicken nuggets. All that lovely flavour, nutrients like iodine omega 3 and zinc that their diets are so deficient in. Eventually I just stopped looking and longing and accepted my fate – I am a mother of fast food junkies.
Not any more.
This is the first step in getting my kids to eat sushi. They love it. Not only that, they love making it – ahh, my dreams of being mother to a great chef are not shattered after all. Thanks for the inspiration Movenpick (post here about kids menus)
- 200g boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat then pan-fried and sliced into 1cm ribbons
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 100g lean lardons (bacon cubes), panfried
- 1 cucumber, sliced lengthwise
- 3 cups cooked sumeshi rice (preparation guide here)
- nori sheets
- mango pulp (puree or push through a seive) and blanched edamame beans for garnish
- lay sushi rolling mat, then cling film, then nori, then 3/4 cup rice in that order – then spread rice, flattening with wet hands and flip nori and rice over (the sushi master has step-by-step instructions here)
- line each of the chicken, cucumber, avocado and lardons along one end (not too much- kids need to be able to fit this in their mouth.)
- roll like a sushi ninja, slice into 1.5-2cm wheels, and throw a splash of mango and a couple of edamame beans on top.
- This should make about 4 sheets worth.
- You many need more than one avocado and cucumber if they are small.
- Remember to keep the ingredients in each roll to a minimum, and to be firm when flattening the rice and rolling – otherwise they will fall apart once you cut them, and if they are too big to eat in one mouthful they will also explode between bites.
- Use a very sharp knife to cut – this will give you a better appearance.
- If this looks too hard, you can always roll a standard maki, spreading the mango coulis inside – but beware – if kids can see the seaweed, they may not want to eat it.
- If your kids are very scared of green, you could omit the cucumber and spread the avocado like butter on the nori – they won’t even see it.
PS – I told my kids that edamame beans are what is used to make white chocolate and they believe me. I’m treating it like a tooth fairy white lie…