How to organize a temaki party

How to organize a temaki party

The temaki party is a themed party in which each diner, with many ingredients available, prepares temaki according to his personal taste.

Literally translates to rolled sushi: temaki is perhaps the easiest way to replicate some Japanese cuisine at home.a themed party in which everyone prepares temaki according to his tasteEven proposing it to their guests as in a themed party, where each guest can create his own personal temaki . Popular element with different fillings – fish, seafood, omelette, vegetables – temaki resemble small cones of nori seaweed, filled with rice and different fillings, which are eaten with soy sauce, wasabi and usually accompanied by the inevitable gari shoga , pickled ginger. Easier to make than uramaki (which need some manual dexterity), they are perfect for organizing a slightly different dinner with family or friends. Here’s how you can prepare a real temaki party .


  1. Rice for sushi . Prepare in advance, even the day before, a good dose of sushi rice, taking into account the number of diners. Use the special one, with short and white grains, which you will rinse many times and season with rice vinegar and sugar. You can follow all the steps and directions for the realization here. Then, once ready, let it cool and cover it with a cloth. To avoid that everyone draws from the same bowl, you can already portion it into smaller ones, so that there is no contamination.
  2. Nori seaweed . Cut the seaweed into large lengthwise pieces, with scissors cutting each sheet in half. Then keep them in a sealable bag, taking care never to get them wet: they must remain perfectly dry. On the market, with a little research, there are also pre-cut versions, designed specifically for temaki sushi.
  3. Sashimi . Decide how many and what types of sashimi to serve and plan accordingly. The fish must be very fresh, blast chilled, and as assorted as possible: it is in fact the key ingredient of the evening. Many Japanese and Asian stores sell ready-to-cut or pre-cut sashimi. Alternatively, you can contact your trusted fishmonger, paying attention to correctly break down the products before using them raw. Among the fish that you can choose there are certainly tuna, amberjack, sea bass, halibut, salmon, mackerel.
  4. Seafood and shellfish . For those who don’t particularly like sashimi, the second choice in terms of fish can fall on seafood and shellfish, an excellent addition to any temaki party. You can decide whether to serve these raw or offer a seared version, certainly more appreciated by the less raw and you can choose, for example, between shrimp, octopus, eels, clams, surimi, squid.
  5. Vegetables and fruit . Other basic and colorful ingredients, indispensable in the preparation of small cones, are vegetables and fruit. They should be cut lengthwise, into thin strips, and placed on plates that must remain covered with foil until they are used. To make a good impression , you can choose from cucumbers, pickled daikon turnips, nagaimo (Chinese yam), pickled burdock root, boiled and seasoned shitake mushrooms. In difficulty with these typical products, the most Western choice can fall on other vegetables such as avocado, asparagus, carrots, peas and okra.
  6. Assorted caviar . To add richness to your table you can arrange other small bowls with assorted types of caviar. Ebiko , tobiko , masago , ikura are the names that indicate the eggs of different fish and crustaceans (respectively shrimp, flying fish, mallotto, salmon) and are sold prepackaged in Asian food stores, without the need for preparation. They are very colorful and help to detail your temaki making it very believable.
  7. Tamagoyaki . Another alternative, for those who don’t have to eat any of this, is to add Japanese tamagoyaki to the table: it’s a rolled egg omelette sweetened with sugar and topped with dashi. Cut into lengthwise pieces, it fits perfectly on a sushi temaki roll.
  8. Other unconventional fillings . Meat and poultry offer another great alternative to sashimi, seafood and eggs. It is quite a popular choice especially among children. You can then think of proposing some thin slices of beef cooked in the manner of shabu shabu or chicken nuggets, to accompany the teriyaki sauce, of which you can follow the recipe step by step .
  9. Dressings at the table . In addition to the inevitable bowls of wasabi , soy sauce and pickled ginger you can also arrange some shiso leaves , very aromatic and traditionally served with sushi and daikon radish sprouts , very pleasant to look at and which add a delicate tingle to the sushi.
  10. How to prepare . One last look should be given to the table as a whole. It is certainly necessary to place for each diner the small bowls ready to receive the soy sauce and wasabi, then the chopsticks and some practical teaspoons to draw from each dish offered, so as to allow everyone to serve themselves easily. Finally, in each station there should be a napkin, a small plate to prepare temaki and another small plate on which to place it once ready.

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