Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lucky Eho-Maki (Salmon Avocado Alasca Futomaki Sushi Roll) - Video Recipe

I named it "Lucky Eho-Maki" because I used seven lucky ingredients including lucky colors such as red and yellow: smoked salmon, corn, onion, baby leaves, avocado, mustard mayonnaise, and cracked black pepper.


February 3rd is Setsubun. It is the day before the beginning of Risshun (spring season). On Setsubun, we cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called Mamemaki (bean scattering). On this day at night, it is customary now to eat uncut maki-zushi called Eho-Maki ("lucky direction roll") while facing the yearly lucky compass direction, determined by the zodiac symbol of that year.

The lucky direction of the year 2018 is south‐southeast a little bit right. (2018年 平成30年の恵方は 南南東やや右). But just remember you have to close your eyes and eat all without speaking! You can speak after you complete it ;)

My darling always must wear the devil mask for the bean scattering. hehe

Lucky Eho-Maki (Salmon Avocado Alasca Futomaki Sushi Roll)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 1

Necessary Equipment:
makisu (bamboo sushi-roll mat)

300g (10.5oz.) cooked Japanese rice (short-grain rice)
2 tbsp Sushisu (seasoning for sushi rice)
1 nori sheet
* cracked black pepper
* smoked salmon
* whole kernel corn
* onion slices
* baby leaves
* avocado slices
* mustard mayonnaise

1. Place cooked Japanese rice in a bowl. Add Sushisu while the rice is hot and slice through rice using rice paddle to separate the grains.
2. Cover the bamboo sushi-roll mat with plastic wrap. Place nori sheet on the bamboo sushi-roll mat, shiny side down.
3. Spread sushi rice (1.) on the nori sheet using your finger tips, little bit moistened with water.
4. Place A lengthwise on the nori sheet.
5. Roll the bamboo mat forward, hold the line of ingredients firmly with your fingers, make sure all the ingredients are pressed in, roll it completely, and gently press the mat around the roll to shape it (do not squeeze).

You want to eat uncut sushi roll, so don't cut it. You can of course make it smaller!!!

How to eat the Eho-Maki is HERE.


Some people substitute the sushi roll with roll cake and other rolled foods these days. Anything that rolls in the fortune is said to be okay ;)

Good luck!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Ochi! Thanks for sharing this recipe as always but thank you more for the cultural background information! I love learning about new cultures and one of my favorite things is to learn about "superstitions" and other similar things =) For some events in Chinese tradition we also have to eat certain foods too! Hahahahaha Do you laugh a lot when your hubs wears the devil mask? Does he dance and chant too? hahahaha that would be pretty funny to watch =P

    Is afternoon tea not popular in Japan? I remember I did some research on afternoon places in Tokyo but most are in big hotels like Four Season and Mandarin Oriental and fairly pricey too lol

    Oh and congrats on your 1000th post!!!!! Thanks so much for your sweet comments as always! I wish you a happy new year filled with love, luck and prosperity!


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