what to serve with sushi rolls -- side dishes and dessert help
- AndieCat Jan 21, 2004 11:54 AM
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?
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.
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.
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.
I have a different approach. I don't consider maki rolls to be a main course.
I would bring meat: roast pork, bbq pork and teriyaki chicken, and some sashimi.
Remember 7 items in your maki rolls for good luck, and never an even number. Rice/nori doesn't count.
But, if someone else is supplying the main course, as everyone else posted: miso soup and tsukemono.
For desert, Manju.
Your local Japanese/Korean market will have pre-packaged pickles for one side dish plate. You can slice picked daikon, eggplant, and gobu root to make a good assortment. Edamame would make a second side dish, miso soup a third, and you could use melon or yokan as dessert.
Or ditch the Asian theme for dessert and dip fruit into chocolate!
Dessert - ginger ice cream.
I once did a dessert tray with an Asian theme. Little wontons made from phyllo, filled with frangipan and candied ginger. Sake-soaked plum upside down cakes. Green tea mousse cake. And so on. Fun. But unless you're up for a good bit of cooking, I would recommend ginger ice-cream. Ginger creme brulee would work, too, if you would rather make than purchase.
No, it doesn't all have to be Japanese, any tasty suggestions that go well with Japanese food are welcome (like PollyG's idea of chocolate dipped fruit -very nice idea!). Thanks SO MUCH for all the great ideas you've given me so far! My idea right now is to make a bunch of Japanese (or Japanese-inspired) little dishes (drawing from your suggestions), and then a not-necessarily-Japanese dessert, perhaps ginger or other ice-cream or the chocolate dipped fruit. More ideas for dessert welcome!!
Thank you so much to everyone for so many great ideas! I'm making the salads you suggested right now, but first I wanted to thank you all!