Dragon Roll Sushi

dragon_roll_sushiDragon sushi roll

The Dragon Roll (also known as Caterpillar Roll) is one of the most popular types of sushi.This sushi gets its name from the green layers of avocado and cucumber that look like the scales of a dragon. The main ingredient for Dragon Roll is shrimp tempura or freshwater eel (unagi). I will be making my Dragon Roll with shrimp tempura, since I love the crunchy goodness of any battered and deep-fried food. Also, it’s not so easy for everyone to find freshwater eel (if you want to use eel, simply skip the steps involving the shrimp and replace with eel).

Ingredients: 2 cups sushi rice, 2-3 nori (seaweed) sheets, 10 medium size shrimp (sushi grade), 1/2 cup Tempura mix, 1 Avocado, and 1 Cucumber.

Tips: 1. Non-flavored Nori is better quality. 2. Don’t be cheap, get the best shrimp available for good taste. 3. Tempura Mix is just plain flour and cold water to make a batter for dipping.

Steps: First, prepare the rice: Sushi rice is packaged with extra starch powder, so make sure you first rinse the rice. Cook 1 cup of short grain rice normally, this will yield 2 cups of cooked rice. Next, combine 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Add this mixture to the rice. Allow to cool to room temperature before making the sushi roll.dragon_sushi_roll

Next, prepare the shrimp: If you bought frozen shrimp, let thaw slightly and then pull off the head, if necessary. Next, pull off the outer shell (keep the tail of one of the shrimp to place in the last segment of the roll to give the “dragon” a tail). Devein the shrimp (you can use a toothpick inserted into the shrimp sideways to pull off the vein. Make sure you get the entire vein.) Straighten the shrimp by making cuts on the underside and then bending it to the desired shape. Rinse the shrimp in water and/or sake to clean them.

Then, prepare the tempura: If you make your own mix, just whisk together about two cups of flour and 1 ½ – 2 cups of ice water, mix 1/2 cup at a time just until moist (the batter should be lumpy). Use tongs or chopsticks to dip shrimp into batter. Fry the shrimp until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Place the shrimp on paper towels to drain.

With the the rice and shrimp tempura prepared, slice cucumber into thin long sticks and peel the avocado into thin layers. Next, place the nori sheet on a sushi mat and spread the sushi rice on the nori sheet. (Keep a an inch or two at the end of the nori sheet in order to roll neatly). Place the cucumber and some avocado slices on the rice, followed by tempura shrimp. Finally, roll the sushi with the help of the mat. Place the one shrimp with the tail still intact at the end of the roll, it will look like the dragon’s tail! As you like, you can now add avocado to the top of the roll, you might add carrot sticks to make it look like the dragon has antenna. Sushi is usually served with shredded ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. Enjoy!

We found this video on how to make dragon sushi roll helpful when we were first learning:

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