Ingredients, dishes and drinks from Japan by Ad Blankestijn

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Sushi roll with cucumber. かっぱ巻き。

Lightly pickled cucumber with sushi rice wrapped in nori seaweed. The long, thin sushi roll is cut into bite-sized pieces. With Tekkamaki (containing tuna) and Shinkomaki (containing Takuan), this is the most basic form of sushi roll.

The "kappa" is a mischievous creature from Japanese folklore living in ponds and streams and said to be fond of cucumber.

[Kappamaki. Photo Ad Blankestijn]