Asian Sushi Wraps: The Folding Method. Taking advantage of the tortilla folding method that’s going viral crazy everywhere, I had to create an Asian version for my nori loving friends! Hope you enjoy!
Before we get started here, I have to say, this method and post is not meant to offend any of my Japanese or Asian friends and followers. We’ve been in quarantine and social distancing since last March/April and I’ve been cooking and making lunch and dinner for my family almost everyday since then. Us moms need a break! So, enter this super fast and delicious way to eat some of your favorite things wrapped up in a sheet of nori!
Are rolls better? Probably. But using this folding method, you don’t need a bamboo rolling mat or any skill whatsoever, really. We’re going for quick and easy right now so please, no hate!
Viral Tortilla Wrap Hack
If you haven’t seen the viral folding tortilla wrap hack, you might be living under a rock. To give credit where credit is due, now that I’ve done some research, I think this idea originated with someone by the name of AlphaFoodie. Her brilliant idea went viral on TikTok and the rest is history.
Asian Sushi Wraps: The Folding Method
We were making spam musubi the other day and then it hit me, make an Asian version using nori. People love roasted seaweed and Asian food and sushi ingredients so I went to work!
Asian Sushi Wraps: My Tips and What to Buy
First off, you have to use sushi nori sheets. You can’t use the already seasoned nori. If you do, it will just break apart easier. Look for “sushi nori.” Also, I love and recommend Nishiki medium grain Sushi Rice. This is the rice I cook all the time and I use it for sushi as well. The mayo. Not all Mayonnaise is created equal, especially when it comes to making spicy mayo for these wraps. Buy Kewpie Japanese Mayonnaise. “Kewpie is a little different than American mayo, because it’s made with only egg yolks—not whole eggs—and with rice or apple vinegar and no added salt or sugar. It’s bottled in a slim red-and-clear container, with an emblematic baby for its logo.” Guys, Wegmans has Kewpie. Use it. Don’t skip it! Trust me.
Asian Sushi Wraps: What’s Inside
Just like the tortilla version, these Asian wraps are super versatile and the possibilities are endless! Use rice, don’t use rice. Add sashimi, or make them with just rice and veggies. A spam musubi version would be incredible. I wanted to make a Korean version and add kimchi but it gets really messy.
Don’t attempt to cut it, it gets messy. Just grab it and eat it with your hands. Also, if you put the lettuce in sideways (as shown above), I think it looks really pretty with the lettuce sticking out. OK, hope you try these and enjoy!!!
Asian Sushi Wrap
- 4 sheets sushi nori
- 2 tablespoons Kewpie mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha
- 1 cup cooled cooked rice* lightly drizzle some sesame oil on top
- assortment sashimi salmon and tuna, sliced
- romaine lettuce cut
- cucumbers sliced thin
- ripe avocados sliced thin
- Using scissors, cut the nori sheets from the bottom up, to the center only. To make the spicy mayo: mix together the Kewpie mayonnaise and the Sriracha until blended and set aside.
- When placing your food items on the nori sheets, work using the nori with 4 distinct square sections. Working on a cutting board or other clean, flat surface: brush some of the spicy mayo on the lower right or left squares. I think it works best when the spicy mayo is at the bottom. Moving to another square: add your cooled rice. I think a 1/4 cup of rice is a good amount. I like to drizzle with a little sesame oil as it makes the rice easier to spread with your fingers. Feel free to sprinkle some furikake on top of the rice.
- Moving to another square section, add a few pieces of sashimi on top. And in the last square: add your veggies: sliced avocado, or lettuce or cucumbers or sprouts. To fold: lift one of the bottom pieces up and on top of one section, then fold it over across and then, lift up the lower piece to close it completely. Alternatively, you can lift one of the bottom pieces up and on top of one section, then fold it over across and then, fold the whole thing once again to close and form a square shape. We love to serve these with extra spicy mayo to dip! Hope you enjoy!