Today marks the start of National Vegetarian Week, and to celebrate, we’ve put together a guide on choosing vegetarian sushi.
Many people make the assumption that sushi is raw fish. But they would be wrong. Anyone native to Japan will tell you that sushi actually means ‘seasoned rice’. So no matter if you are vegetarian or vegan, you can still enjoy the delicious taste of sushi.
One of the most common varieties of vegan sushi comes in the form of ‘Maki sushi’, or sushi rolls, one to five fillings wrapped in rice and nori (seaweed). Maki sushi is great because it gives you the freedom to be creative and add as many different types of vegetables to your roll. Think of it as a sandwich format that you can play around with. To give you an idea of the different kinds of Maki sushi, we’ve listed a few traditional Japanese versions below:
Another popular dish is the cucumber avocado roll, which is simple and satisfying. You don’t need many ingredients and it is relatively simple to make:
As well as Maki, other well-known types of sushi suitable for vegetarians and vegans include, Inarizushi – sushi rice packed into a pouch of marinated, deepfried tofu (if eating out, make sure dashi is not used in the recipe, as it can often contain bonito fish). And another is vegan Nigiri sushi - vegetables pressed into a small rectangular block of rice. The topping can be held in place by a thin band of nori.
There’s a wide range of different sushi out there for vegetarians and vegans so try it and let us know how you get on!
To find out more about National Vegetarian Week 2017, which runs from 15th to 21st May, visit http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org/