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Monday, October 19, 2015

Sushi Class at Origami Restaurant

is a restaurant in Fort Myers, FL that serves Korean and Japanese cuisine. I did a blog Post on Origami last year. When I heard SWFL Foodies was organizing a sushi class here I jumped at a spot in the class. It sounded like a lot of fun.

Origami has a very nice cocktail

and sushi bar as you enter the restaurant.

Our class was held near the sushi bar.

Rosa, the owner, taught the class.

She was the first person serving sushi in the Fort Myers area over 20 years ago. As she was telling us a little bit about herself and her business, we were served a choice of a very good miso soup,

or a salad, this one had a delicious sweetened sesame dressing.

We were making two rolls that evening, a Mexican and Spicy Tuna roll. We would also be making eel, salmon, tuna and shrimp Nigiri.

We were supplied with everything we needed to do this, including Sushi Rice, Wasabi and Gari,

sesame seeds,

Masago and everything else to make our rolls and nigiri.

We started on the Mexican roll, which is tempura shrimp, avocado and masago,

After taking about a baseball sized portion of rice,

the rice is placed onto the sushi wrapper (Nori)

and spread out to completely cover the wrapper. You can add your masago to the rice now if
you wish.

The nori is then flipped rice side down, and  an indentation made about 1/3 of the way up the wrapper horizontally and avocado,

and tempura shrimp (placed head to head) put into it.

The nori is then rolled with the bamboo mat,

and comes out looking like this.

You want to give it a second pressing for good measure,

and then it's ready to cut.

We were told to dip our knife tips in water and then hold the knife upward vertically to let the water coat the knife so it won't stick to the roll. When cutting, it was suggested we gently saw through the first 1/3 of the roll before giving the knife a firm push the rest of the way through. This helps not to mangle the roll as you cut it.

The class attendees were really having fun with this.

We then moved onto the spicy tuna roll,

and Rosa makes her's spicy with Sriracha sauce and sesame oil. For a good compromise on quality and economy, she told the group she uses Bigeye tuna. Bluefin tuna, the most prized, can run upwards of $30-40 for 2 pieces of sushi.

The group had a lot of fun with this,

and we ended up with a lot of really good looking rolls.

Soon we might be side by side with the chefs at the sushi bar!

We were them shown how to shape the rice and hold,

and fold the sashimi over it

to make our nigiri.

Everyone had fun with this as well,

and there were some very nice nigiri made that evening.

After all this food and fun there was more than one happy sushi cook that evening.

This was a really good class. It was a whole lot of fun and highly recommended. Hats off to Rosa, our instructor for teaching and Louis and Wanda at SWFL Foodies for organizing this great event.

It's a wrap (literally) for another post on Forks.

8911 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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