Eggs are a very versatile ingredient to use in sushi making and also for accompanying side-dishes such as the traditional Japanese omelette known as tamagoyaki. I used Hello Kitty moulds to create pressed sushi.
In Japanese cooking, mirin (a rice wine), is often added to eggs and adds a sweet but savoury taste to dishes. This sweet flavour goes well with the vinegared sushi rice. After making the omelette, I used the moulds to cut into it, and made Hello Kitty pressed sushi with the help of a little cling-film.
Character moulds are a great way of getting children (and adults!) interested in food. They are perfect for sushi making because they can be topped with fresh and healthy ingredients and for Hello Kitty I used nori (seaweed) for the eyes and bow, watercress for the whiskers, and spring onion for her button nose. The word ‘kawaii’ is used often in Japan to describe something which is ‘cute’, such as this Hello Kitty sushi.
Tamagoyaki is a traditional Japanese omelette which is made by mixing soy sauce, mirin, a little sugar and salt with whisked and sieved eggs. As with the omelette I made for the character sushi, it is sweet and savoury at the same time. Tamagoyaki is often eaten in bento (lunch-boxes) and is often decorated in children’s bento to make a kawaii lunch! It is also a very popular sushi topping, whether in rolls or nigiri zushi.
I made Hello Kitty origami figures to go with the character theme of my sushi :).