Temaki Sushi Workshop In Senya Sake and Dining, Japanese Restaurant Kuala Lumpur

I still remembered about how I do my sushi at home when I was teenager and my mom teaches me how to roll the sushi, because that is why it become my favorite sushi! I always dine in the Japanese Restaurant on once or two times in one month only. Wow, I am very happy to get my good chance to learn new "Temaki Sushi" - hand-rolling workshop! I love it!

You really want to do sushi at home? Do you know what is Temaki Sushi? It called a “hand roll” because it’s made of a rolled cone of seaweed, wrapped around rice and fillings. According to the Japanese chef, this is easy meal where everyone can do in home. Just prepare the sushi rice, nori (seaweed sheet) and three or four pieces of filling only.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan organized a hand-rolling sushi workshop to Senya Sake & Dining Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur during the Shokuiku Tour on last 16th January 2016. Thank you to Kym Chan, PR and Senya Sake And Dining Restaurant who invited me and my colleague to learn about the Temaki Sushi (hand roll).

In the hand-rolled sushi workshop, they introduced two Japanese chefs; Chef Tsunetoshi Tabata and Chef Joji Hasegawa. I saw many participants who interested to learn how healthy and simple meal to prepare at home.  First, they started the Art of Presentation before this.

They shared the knowledge and passion for the food culture of Japan in WASHOKU, is one of the world's most distinctive culinary traditions. Washoku - normally, Japanese people always prepare a meal - rice, fish salmon, miso soup with consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth when the lunch or dinner come to us in the Japanese restaurants. ‘Wa’ means harmony and ‘shoku’ means food. The concept of Washoku, Japanese cuisine that is rich in history and as handsome as it is healthful and nutrition meal.

You better to get a very good quality rice from Hokkaido, Japan. You can buy it in the Isetan, Aeon, B.I.G, Jaya Grocer, Kiara Mart, or De Market if you want to make your own sushi. Then, what product you use to cook the rice? Toshiba Rice Cookers imported from Japan that you can found at any shopmarket. 


ITADAKIMASU! Before we start to eat, we express our heart to be grateful with our food always! 

We need to know about Dashi and Miso first. Chef Hasegawa taught us how to make dashi, which is the Japanese equivalent of chicken stock made with kombu (edible kelp) and bonito flakes.

We learned that this simple stock is packed with two kinds of umami from the kelp and bonito flakes, will be use for any soup. It's made in about 10 minutes with just three ingredients: water, dried kelp, and bonito flake. Dashi stock cubes or powder is also available in Isetan supermarket.But, I prefer the miso soup.

Chef Hasegawa showed how the dashi to make a miso soup...first, he added the kombu and cold water, then, just boil in a large saucepan over high heat. When he remove kombu, it become soup! If without the dashi, the miso soup will be salty, right? Normally, I love to drink the miso soup when my family and I used to eat in the Japanese restaurants.It was delicious! That why dashi is an important ingredient to prepare the miso soup.

Lastly, Chef Tabata gave the Temaki Sushi lesson.

Chef Tabata is proud to show us his knife set. I know the Japanese chefs always brought their own knives as they always sharpen the blade and clean it on every time. That is what make the raw fish become soft and beautiful when they cut it so nicely! You can see the four knives, of different sizes as he bring his own.

Chef Tabata also listed a few essential sauces in Japanese cuisine; soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesami dressing, and rice vinegar.

As I know, the sushi rice is different from regular rice? Sushi Rice is steamed rice seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar and salt, and we only make this rice when we make sushi, and the rest of time we eat regular steamed rice. The Chef Tabata just pour mixture on rice and mix well. That should take a minute or two. Easy only.

This is a Sushi Hand Roll that anyone can do!

 Just make a simple, it just takes patience and focus..I take two steps to complete it only.

First step, I put the Japanese rice on the left side of nori sheet, then I add a scoop of the tuna, finally top with a slice of salmon, cucumber and avocado. And last step, I just rolled my nori like a burrito, keeping in mind the cone shape..continue until all nori sheets are rolled up. My temaki sushi are completed in short minutes only! Chef Tabata gives an advice and teach us to do the hand-roll sushi during we practiced it so cool!

I figured out that you needed special skills, superior dexterity, and years of experience when you become new chef for Japanese sushi!

My colleague and I also expressed our Itadakimasu with our Temaki Sushi! We always be excited to learn it so very well! Thank you very much to our Japanese chefs and Senya Sake and Dining reestaurant, included PR media too!

At the table, each person makes own hand roll sushi based on their preference. They enjoyed to dine their temaki sushi on first time. I felt that the Senya's environment is very attractive and clean, make us feel comfortable.

鮮家 SENYA Sake and Dining
Lot G-W-1, Ground Floor, West Wing,
Rohas Perkasa, No. 9, Jalan P.Ramlee,
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Business hours:
Mon - Sat, 11am - 3pm and 5.30pm - 2am
Sun: 5.30pm - 1am


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