Nori seaweed is a sushi-making essential. These square sheets of roasted seaweed are ideal for making your own maki and hand-roll sushi, or temaki. The 20 x 20cm squares are strong and pliable with a salt-mineral, ocean taste.
What is nori?
Nori is a species of edible seaweed in the red algae genus. Descriptions of nori being eaten in Japan go as far back as the 8th century, when it was originally consumed as a paste. In 18th century Edo – present day Tokyo – people experimenting with Japanese paper-making techniques developed the nori sheet. This is now the most recognisable form of nori.
How do I use nori?
By far the most common way to use nori sheets is to make your own sushi! With a pack of nori sheets, a bamboo rolling mat and some Japanese sushi rice, there’s almost no limit to the sushi you can make.
The most common sushi is maki – small, bite-sized rolls, usually with only one or two fillings. Another popular type is called temaki, or hand-roll. These are cones of nori seaweed wrapped around sushi rice and fillings.
Another popular use for nori is to wrap onigiri – triangular shaped ‘rice balls’ that are a common takeaway snack in Japan. You can either completely wrap an onigiri in nori, or tear off one long strip to go around the outer edge. All nori sheets come with perforations to make this even easier.
Try passing the roasted sheets over an open flame to crisp the seaweed and crumble it over noodle dishes and salads as a textured, sea-scented garnish.
How do I choose which nori sheets to buy?
Nori sheets come in different grades. You can usually tell which is which from the colour of the packaging. Here at Sous Chef we have green, silver and gold grade nori sheets.
Green grade, also known as D grade, is one of the lowest or entry level grades of nori. Green grade nori is often harvested toward the end of nori harvesting season, and may be noticeably greener in colour than higher grades. It is usually quite cheap with a subtler flavour than higher grades, so is ideal for sushi beginners and home cooks in general. These nori sheets, Yakizushinori Green Nori Sheets & Yakizushinori Green Half Cut Sheets are all green grade.
Silver grade, also known as B grade, is the second highest grade of nori. Silver grade nori is harvested earlier in the season, so the nori is younger and more tender. It will be very dark green in colour compared to lower grade nori. Silver grade nori is ideal for people who are more comfortable making sushi and wish to impress at home, and also for sushi restaurants looking for consistent good quality. Yamamotoyama Silver Nori Sheets are silver grade.
Gold grade, also known as A grade, is the highest grade of nori. Gold grade nori comes from the very first harvest of the season. This nori is young and tender, with a deep umami-mineral flavour and subtle sweetness. Gold grade nori is a dark green that's almost black, is crisp out of the packet but melts in the mouth. Yakizushinori Gold Half Cut Nori Sheets and Premium Nori Sheets are gold grade.
Ingredients: Roasted seaweed
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