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Restaurants: Creating Worldwide Appeal and a Sense of Home

When you travel, it feels as if there are two worlds: your home and the rest of the world. When you step into a restaurant, this feeling is echoed, and it changes based on which restaurant you are in. Right around the corner from home, a restaurant may feel like you are in Thailand eating pad Thai, in America enjoying a cheese burger or in France eating snails. In other cases, you may be half way around the globe in a spot full of Aussies that makes you feel like you are back home. Hi, my name is Betina, and I love eating out and travelling. This blog looks at everything related to those concepts. It talks about the sense of home and away in restaurants. Whether you are a diner or a restaurateur, I hope you enjoy the diverse posts I include in this blog.


Restaurants: Creating Worldwide Appeal and a Sense of Home

Five Things You Can Make With Leftover Sushi

by Melinda Lawson

If you've got leftover sushi, you can reuse it in a range of ways. Take a look at these ideas. Some of them are so yummy, you might want to ask the sushi restaurant for extras just so you can make these treats:

1. Morning-After Eggs and Rice

Some people love leftover sushi as-is for their breakfast, but if you prefer to alter it a bit, heat up the leftovers and throw two fried eggs over them. If the rice has gone dry, reinvigorate it by adding a few spoonfuls of water, covering it with plastic wrap and sticking in the microwave until warm.

2. Fried Snacks

If you're up late and craving something greasy, consider frying your sushi. Simply coat your leftover sushi rolls in tempura batter, and pop them in a deep fat fryer until golden. If you don't have a fryer, use a pan with enough oil to cover the sushi.

Alternatively, if you have a lot of rice, chop the sushi rolls into pieces and mix it with your leftover rice. Add enough egg to hold it all together, and roll it into balls. If the balls don't hold together, add more egg. If they fall apart, add more rice.

Whisk two eggs in a small bowl, dip the sushi rice balls in the egg, and then, fry them in oil in a pan on medium-high heat. The oil will nicely toast the outside of the ball, creating a fried sushi and rice treat.

3. Scattered Sushi

Also called chirashi, scattered sushi is basically a big bowl of rice and fish, and it makes a great lunch to take to work or school. To make your own version of this dish, take apart your sushi rolls, and put all of the rice and pieces of fish, veg and meat in a bowl. Then, drizzle on some soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.

If you only have leftover rice, add crab, vegetables, sesame seeds or whatever you like to the rice. Put the scattered sushi into a container so that you can take it with you. Then, put some chopped nori in a separate bag so it doesn't get soggy -- add it to the rest of the meal when you're ready to eat.

4. Bean Curd Pouches

For a lunch that you can eat with one hand, find some bean curd pouches. These are typically available at Japanese grocery stores, or the staff at the sushi restaurant like Pink Rice may know where you can get some.

Simply open them up and stuff them with your leftover sushi rice and chopped up fish and veg from the sushi rolls. Fold the pouch shut, and you've got a healthy, tasty, portable lunch.

5. Soup

Finally, you can even turn leftover sushi into dinner. Heat up some fish broth, and add the leftover sushi tuna and other pieces of fish to it. Then, strike an Asian chord with miso, ginger, onions or try something different with tomatoes and garlic. Boil gently until the flavours are combined.