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what to serve with sushi rolls -- side dishes and dessert help

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A friend of mine is having a few people over tomorrow night (about 8 people) and she's serving temaki sushi (hand rolls) which we will each roll to our liking (she will prepare fish, veggies, etc as well as the rice for guests to make their rolls). She will have different types of sake to drink, as well as wine. I offered to bring side dishes and dessert -- any ideas?

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  1. seaweed salad?

    1. Wakame salad and miso soup are traditional. I like my miso soup made with shiro (white) miso, tofu, seaweed and scallions. You could also make sticky rice with adzuki beans. My husband really likes that one.

      Dessert? Uh, I dunno. I will have to think on that.

      1. Good side dishes are little salads, like:

        ohitashi (steamed, drained spinach with soy and furikake dressing). Can also use watercress.

        thin sliced cucumbers in rice wine vinegar, little salt, little sugar

        Sauteed mushrooms in miso-mirin dressing, with a little sesame oil

        Steamed green beans with miso dressing, with soy, sugar, sake, white sesame seeds.

        Shredded daikon and carrots, dressed in rice wine vinegar and grated ginger.

        For dessert, melon balls are good. Green tea icecream. Fruit sorbet. Plum wine.

        1. for sides I second the cukes marinated in rice wine vineg. and sugar- so simple and tasty. Let marinate for at least an hour. Also, Edamame. You can buy frozen packages of them and heat them in under 5 minutes in a microwave. Salt well.

          Dessert- coconut milk flan. It's not exactly japanese, but it's light and can (should) be made in advance. The recipe I used (which was very good) came from a SE asian cookbook. I think it was a Vietnamese
          dish. Unfortunately I lost the book so can't provide the recipe.

          1. edamame and miso soup