Friday, October 7, 2011

California Rolls...My First Attempt

This was my first time making any kind of rolls. The recipe itself isn't complex at all, but the "rolling" part was a challenge for me. I watched my mom making Gimbap so many times when I was growing up. She made it look so easy, but I found out that it's harder than it seems. I mean, for first-timers. Well, they say practice makes perfect. After rolling and rolling and rolling, I now feel so much more confident. I'm sure my second or third California rolls will be perfect!


Rice vinegar
Short-grain rice, cooked (Long-grains won't stick!)
Seaweed sheets
Imitation crab flakes
Avocados, peeled and sliced
Cucumbers, cut into sticks (I searched my entire kitchen but it was nowhere to be found...)
Yellow radish pickles, cut into sticks (This is optional, but I absolutely love them)
Sesame seeds (for garnishing)


1. Mix cooked rice with a little bit of vinegar, sugar, and salt. (I was going to use white rice only but I accidentally mixed some brown rice. Oh well, clumsy me. Brown rice is not as sticky as white rice but it's okay as long as it's not long-grain and you don't use them alone.)
2. Place a sheet of seaweed, rice, and the rest of the ingredients on a bamboo mat (covered with plastic wrap). Rock 'n Roll! No wait, don't rock, just roll. There's a great video on how to make California rolls. It's probably more helpful than this posting. *shrug*
3. When you're done rolling, sprinkle some sesame seeds.
4. Slice and serve with soy sauce and wasabi.

Not bad for a first attempt, huh?


  1. Definitely not bad for a first attempt! Looks delicious! Great job, Ducky!

  2. Great first attempt! Sounds delicious!

  3. First attempt? This looks so professionally done omg! FABULOUS! CONGRATS< as these are not easy to do and you make them perfect!!! WOWWOWOWOWOW!

  4. What a fantastic blog! Super information. :)

  5. :) it looks great! love the photo :) and i can be sure it tastes great hehe

  6. @Baker Street
    Thank you! I'm glad it turned out better than expected :)

    @claudia@What's Cooking
    Aww, thank you for such kind words, Claudia! :)

    @Katie @ BloomEveryday
    Thanks for dropping by, Katie! Glad you like my blog :)

    Hee hee :) Thanks Unnie!

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