Last weekend my cousin, Christian, totally hooked it up and brought over a beautiful fillet of freshly caught blue fin tuna. Not only did he surprise me with just any fresh tuna, but he once again went over the top and presented me with the fatty deliciousness that is tuna belly, or toro. Only Christian Pescatore would bring home fresh tuna belly.
If you are unaware, toro is generally considered to be the king of sushi ingredients. It is very oily and high in omega 3 and is usually very expensive. In my case, however, it was FREE.... Gotta love the fam :)
Christian wisely decided that the only way to thoroughly enjoy fatty tuna, was to eat it raw - I couldn't agree more. He showed up at my home with the complete spread: the beautiful fillet, some sliced scallions, sushi rice (premade from Wegmans -- sooo easy and of perfect consistency), nori (seaweed), wasabi, pickled ginger and sesame seeds.
So, I learned how to make the perfect hand roll and boy, was it easy! We cranked out a whole tray in minutes...
While I'm on a sushi tip, I feel inclined to share my East Village GO TO sushi restaurant - Ashiya, located on 1st Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets. Fresh, delicious, inexpensive and fun! If you're in a mood to stuff yourself silly with sushi and get super loose, this is your spot. The most popular daily special is as follows: $30.00, all you can eat (a la carte rolls and sushi) AND all you can drink (sake and Saporo)!! Nothing beats this.
I hope you venture and indulge!
Love and Sushi Rolls,