We’ve always liked sushi in our house however it’s not something we could ever buy easily in Sligo until the Sushi Sisters starting selling at Strandhill People’s Market.
We were always keen to learn how to make it so we were over the moon to be invited by Catherine Byrne and Mary Rowan to come and have a Sushi Making Masterclass with them.
Catherine and Mary (yes, they really are sisters!) were both lecturers in design until they became obsessed with the Japanese cuisine after first tasting it in California many years ago. They believe that Sushi making requires a delicate touch and a creative eye which naturally appealed to both designers.
Now they have perfected the art of Sushi, they sell it at their popular market stall in Strandhill every Sunday and, due to popular demand, their Sushi can now also be purchased in Osta Cafe and Wine Bar in Sligo town and Mammy Johnston’s in Strandhill. They have also recently expanded their offering to include Middle Eastern and Greek foods.
Catherine was our tutor and first showed us how to make different types of Sushi. She lets us into her secret ‘when you have the best quality ingredients, it’s all about the preparation and assembly’. There are three essential things you need to make Sushi:
- A bamboo mat
- Nori sheets
- Sushi rice
Catherine showed us how Sushi rice was much stickier than other types of rice and that when you use it it’s customary to use a wooden spoon and treat it gently. The sheets that are used to form the outside of the Sushi rolls are called Nori sheets. They are sheets of edible seaweed.
There are so many options when it comes to filling Sushi. Catherine showed us a simple sesame omelette, a toasted walnut and tofu and also smoked salmon and asparagus. All of these fillings are accompanied by various vegetables according to taste.
One great tip from Catherine was to always put the nori sheets shiny side down so that the rice really grips the Nori sheet.
Catherine helped the kids to make three different types of Sushi
- Maki Sushi – the traditional one, where the Nori sheet is on the outside
- Nigiri Sushi – hand shaped ball of rice topped with a thin slice of seafood, such as salmon
- Uramaki – inside out Sushi
We’ve excited now to try and make Sushi ourselves at home. Once made Sushi will keep wrapped in the fridge for up to three days so the kids are particularly excited about the possibility of taking Sushi into school for lunch during the week.
A huge thanks to Catherine for introducing us to this incredibly delicate and delicious cuisine.
You can try the Sushi Sister’s Sushi yourself every Sunday at Strandhill People’s Market in Sligo.
Sushi Sisters are also part of the Sligo Food Trail which allows you to map your own route around Sligo choosing whichever cuisine you love best. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Disclaimer – We were invited to attend a Sushi Making Masterclass by the Sushi Sisters for the purpose of this review. Our opinions are, as always, 100% honest and our own.