Sushi rolls are just one part of a large selection of foods. Sushi is the sticky, short grained rice, that is seasoned with sushisu (usually rice vinegar, sugar but sometimes mirin, and salt). Sushi rice can be served as a small dollop of rice with seafood or other toppings. It can be rolled in a seaweed wrapper, nori. to make a sushi roll, a makizushi. The sushi roll can contain any number of fillings. Here we are filling the sushi roll with artificial crab, cucumber, carrot, asparagus and avocado. Many would call this an Alaska roll. The carrot has been parboiled to give the carrot a nice bite but eliminate the hard crunch. For convenience, we have made this recipe with canned asparagus with good results but fresh asparagus can be used. Fresh asparagus needs to be parboiled a bit just like the carrot to make them tender.
The first time you make sushi rolls, it will seem all too complicated, work intensive and time consuming. That’s just the learning process. The second time you make sushi rolls you will be amazed at how much easier it was than you remembered. By the third or fourth time, you will be able to make sushi rolls without giving it a second thought.