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Sushi making class at Buddha Bellies

One of the best experiences we had was sushi making at Buddha Bellies. Before we left for Japan we visited a local sushi train and tried a place in Tokyo so by the time we got to Buddha Bellies we thought we knew a bit about Japan's original street food. We were wrong.

Our host was expert sushi chef and sake sommelier Ayuko Akiyama who starts the class with an overview of sushi's history and the huge variety of sushi. We were familiar with nigiri (rice with topping and a belt of nori) and sliced nori rolls but she also showed us a family style that was wrapped into a cone of seaweed and other kooky types. Our class was a basic one with nigiri and nori rolls that was great for kids though we were tempted to come back and do the mosaic sushi which was presented in a colourful square of deliciousness.

We make sushi at home so the advanced techniques Ayuko showed us were really helpful. Turns out we've been using the wrong side of the nori and avoiding vinegar (for taste) when…
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