You spend 5 dollars every time you splurge on these at the grocery store, but with a trip to your local oriental market – you can make so many more of these with that 5 dollars!! Plus, they will be fresh – and made exactly how you like them. The main ingredients (nori, sticky rice, crab, and rice vinegar) also will keep well for months and months. Just stick the crab in the freezer, the rest in the pantry and all you need to pick up are a few vegetables to make them again!
These aren’t as tricky to make as you may think – but I included a few more pictures in this post for those of you who have never made them before. If my instructions aren’t clear enough for you, there are lots of movies you can find via google or you tube that will help you out too!!
First, you will want to cook your sticky rice. I just did mine in the rice maker. When it is done, stir in the rice vinegar and sugar. Stir it well. Then, spread it out on a large plate or baking sheet so that it can cool quickly.
While the rice is cooling, prepare your vegetables. You will need to cut these into long thin strips. Your avocados can be a little bit bigger, but you still want them to make sure and slice them length-wise. Like this:
Now, you have two options for rolling your California Rolls, innie (with the rice inside) or outie (with the rice outside.
If you are going to roll them innie, take a full sheet of nori (dried seaweed) and pat the rice down almost all of it, except for the last inch/1 1/2-inch or so. The rice should be about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. I like to keep a little dish of water close by to dip my fingers in. The sticky rice is actually really sticky, but you can keep the rice on the nori, instead of your hands by keeping your fingertips wet. After spreading the rice, you can then sprinkle the it with sesame seeds, if you’d like.
You will then place a few strips of each of your vegetables, one half strip of crab and a thin line of cream cheese in the center of the rice, in a long stacked line. It will look like this:
Then, use your bamboo mat to tightly roll your California roll. Be careful not to roll the plastic wrap inside!
When you get to the end of the roll, wet down the part of the nori without rice with water. This will help to seal the roll. When you are done, it should look like this: