Happy International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste! Today is a very important day to look back at how we are doing to keep this beautiful planet.
In Japanese schools, the exact same menu is served to not only students but also teachers, school nurses, janitors and of course, cooks. They eat school lunch either at a big hall all at once or classrooms depending on the school size and facility availability. My school didn’t have a big cafeteria so I used to eat my school lunch in our classroom, making small groups consisted of 6 kids(and a teacher occasionally.) Thanks to this unique school lunch system, we get to learn new food which kids had never tried at their home, and there’s an extra thing we can learn, which is…how other kids eat food through observation.
Sometimes we had grilled fish as a part of the menu, and it was the first time for me to know fish skin, especially salmon’s, were super unpopular to kids. They complained they look like snakes, the texture is rough and oily, so they removed the salmon skin just like an expert surgeon and hid it. I really didn’t care about salmon skin until then, but as you may know, kids are sometimes cruel…salmon skin eaters were called “ew-snake-eater” and ended up getting bullied. To avoid the stupid sad situation, if my group had salmon skin hater who was either popular or aggressive, I also abandoned salmon skin. Agh I really regret wasting food!
Knowing this situation very clearly, I was so shocked to see salmon skin rolls are available in almost every sushi bar in the US and they’re actually popular. I hear a lot of people place an order of salmon skin roll or salmon skin salad (or has anyone seen other menus using salmon skin?) All aspects that Japanese kids didn’t like about salmon skin are loved by people in the US today…once the location changes, what I thought as “common sense” could be totally wrong.
I recently got grilled salmon from my father-in-law, so let’s make some salmon skin hand rolls and proudly admit I’m also salmon skin lover without worrying about getting bullied. Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!
Crispy Salmon Skin Hand Roll
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- Sushi rice (Please check the recipe here)
- Roasted seaweed(cut into quarter size)
- Strips of salmon skin
- Sauerkrauts (I used the Green flavored one from Wildbrine)
Optional for Garnish
- On a sheet of roasted seaweed, place sushi rice, sprinkle sesame seeds, put sauerkraut and salmon skin. Close the edge by holding it with a little pressure.
- Assemble garnish and sauce. Enjoy!
- The cooking direction above is ideal to do when everyone is gathered around the dining table and each and every member joins the cooking. When you fold the hand roll, bring it to your mouth and enjoy the taste immediately! I never had hand rolls already built in the kitchen but build-your-own style.
- Sushi rice needs to be warm to slightly cool, not hot. In that way you can avoid burning your hand and roasted seaweed getting soggy.
- For salmon, I got already cooked one but if you want to grill it on your own, sprinkle some salt and use either an oven(15~20min, or more for crispier on 425°F) or grill. I don’t recommend the pan frying method.
Mmm, it’s so crunchy-yummy! This time I didn’t waste salmon skins while intaking in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B and D. I didn’t waste the food, meaning it’s guilt-free food!
Do you have any food that you thought they’re unpopular when you’re a kid but realized they’re actually popular? You don’t have to worry about how other people look at you because homemade food is made at your home and enjoyed by only specific people(yes, no bullies in your home!) so don’t be shy to appreciate what you like. You’re actually doing great to keep the beautiful planet from not wasting precious food!
Cheers to no-waste cooking and crunchy yummy salmon skin!
<Other No-Waste Cooking Ideas>
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Don’t throw away the cilantro stem just yet! Spicy Cilantro Coleslaw Salad
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)