The New Age Japanese breakfast at Baywatch, WelcomHotel Sheraton

An account by Anurakta Behera of the Japanese Breakfast she had at Baywatch, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi

The moment I heard Japanese Breakfast was
being served at Baywatch, the coffee shop of WelcomHotel Sheraton, a feeling of
excitement took over me. As someone who has studied bit of Japanese culture and
language, I was very much looking forward to try what Chef Nakamura had to
offer.
Though I was initially sceptical, I thought
it would be an amalgamation of raw sea food. But being the food enthusiast that
I am; I went ahead and tried it.
Bento, as presented to us.

The Bento (the Japanese breakfast box)
seemed to be a palette strewn with Yumminess. It was a Nihongo breakfast
Sheraton Style. It changed my perception about Japanese food forever.  And for those not aware about it, Japanese
food is way beyond Sushi. 
Now to the dishes: It was a fat free fresh
breakfast and the entire meal was for 750 grams only. I know, I couldn’t
believe it either.

  • Salted Salmon, which was
    marinated with salt a day prior. 
  • Shashimi style Fish cakes with Wasabi
    (Hand made).
  • Tofu with Spring onion and
    ginger. 
  • Japanese egg omelette with
    radish. 
  • Rice with dried prawns. 
  • Miso soup with tofu. 
  • Sauteed Vegetables.

Salted Salmon
Shashimi style Fish cakes with Wasabi
  
Tofu with Spring onion and
ginger
With so many colourful and yummy varieties I was in a dilemma, where do I start first, and Shashank came to my rescue. He mentioned
that he was an eggetarian so I started my bento with the Japanese omelette. Of
the various dishes on my Bento, I loved the Salted
Salmon, the tofu with Spring onions and the Miso soup with tofu which is basically a fish
broth with tofu pieces. 
Japanese Egg Omelette with
radish.
The fish cakes were nice and were a delight for the palette.
They had dried fish leafs as well, if someone was interested in preparing
personal style sushi. Pickled prawns was a great palette cleanser and the rice
was traditional Japanese sticky rice with dried prawns with had a rock salt
flavour to it. 
Rice with dried Prawns
The palette cleansers
“I wanted to swim in the fish broth”, it was so perfectly cooked
without a tinge of fish stench in it. It was lightly spiced with a crisp edge
to it. The sautéed veggies were slightly simmered
to perfection; the asparagus did not lose its crunch even after being seethed
without salt.
Sauteed Vegetables
 
Well all I would say is, this is heaven for
all fish lovers and a tip for all you vegetarians out there; “BECOME A PISCITARIAN”. The breakfast is a labor of love, and is impeccably done and presented. All worth Rs.1500 (plus taxes) that they charge or it. 
Anurakta, hard at work.
One important point to remember, you will
have to place the order 24 hours in advance and have to specify a time when you
want it served.  
Written By – Anurakta Behera
Photographs – Shashank Aggarwal

Can Sushi be Sushi without the fish? Most Certainly !

The only instance a Delhiite would feel stressed about being a Delhiite is when the Sushi craving strikes. Amidst heavy thoughts of locating a Sushi bar, the expense considerations and the gastronomical enemy “traffic”, the craving goes kaput. Not to forget that although it is healthful, succulent and simply beautiful, Japanese food in general is not “the thing” for vegetarians like me, not until recently when I took it upon myself as a challenge to come up with a Veg Sushi version. So, can sushi be sushi without the fish? Well I certainly think so.

This recipe is extremely customized to fit my Delhi taste buds. Like they say “You can take a Delhiite out of Delhi but not Delhi out of a Delhiite”

 

 

So here’s what I used:-
1 Sushi Nori Sheet (The Japanese Sea vegetable toasted and ready to use)
1 cup cooked Sushi rice (well any rice cooked with more water than needed to make it sticky)
1/2 cucumber (cut into thick juliennes)
3-4 Mushroom peeled and sliced
1/4 red capsicum juliennes
Any Stir frying Oil
Sushi Mat or tin foil for rolling sushi
For seasoning the rice :-
1 tbsp. Organic Rice Vinegar
Pepper powder, Salt, Garlic powder and Basil to taste

 

** I have also used a special homemade Cranberry Chutney on my sushi which is completely optional.

 

To cook rice soft and sticky, I added 3 portions of water to 1 portion of rice and cooked it in the microwave for 15 min. Once the rice is cooked and cooled to room temperature, season the rice with Organic Rice vinegar, pepper, salt, basil and Garlic Powder using cutting and folding movements with a Spoon.

 

Heat 1 tbsp. oil and stir-fry the mushrooms, cucumber and capsicum juliennes till they are slightly burnt. Do not add any salt yet else the veggies will ooze out water. Veggies should be seasoned with salt only after being removed from heat.

 

 

Now place the Nori Sheet on the Sushi Mat (or the Tin foil inside parchment papers as I did) the shiny side down. Spread the rice on the Nori leaving 2 cm clear at the top, wet your fingers a bit to spread the rice evenly.

 

Spread the cranberry chutney (or any other chutney as per your liking or omit if you wish) and lay on the fillings.

 

 

Begin Rolling the mat (or the Foil) from the near edge, roll firmly but do not press so hard that the rice comes out of the sides.
Once the rolls are formed, squeeze them gently but firmly whilst pulling on the far end of the mat to tighten. The moisture from the rice will stick the Nori Sheet together

 

 

 

Remove the roll from the mat and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Now Cut into 1 inch pieces with a wet knife using a steady sawing motion. Arrange on a plate with Sweet soy sauce like i did, or any soy sauce coupled with Wasabi and Ginger Pickle.

 

 

Experimenting with your sushi is the key; you can add roasted sesame seeds to your rice, roasted chicken or steamed fish (like i do for my non vegetarian husband) or add tofu/pickled soya chunks for more fun.
There is just one rule for making sushi that there is no rule 🙂

Sayōnara!!!!

Written by Deepti Kharbanda

PS (by Shashank) – Friends, would appreciate if you can share info on where we can get all the material used in this recipe in Delhi.

PS (by Deepti) – Yamato Ya in Safdarjang enclave, close to the CCD, has all the stuff one needs for sushi.. check out the sushi corner for Nori sheets, rice sheets, thick/sweet soy sauce, rice venagar and I think even Wasabi… 

Where do you get Sushi in Delhi ?

This is a question that has been often asked on more than one forum. Where to get Sushi in Delhi ?

Here I am trying to make a post with consolidated list of all Sushi serving places in Delhi / NCR, will try to keep it updated, and would appreciate your contribution to the list.

The list is in random order.

1. Sushiya – DLF Place, Saket

2. Asia 7 – Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

3. Izikaya, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj

4. Wasabi, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi

5. Yum Yum Tree, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

6. Mamagoto, Khan Market

7. Kylin, Vasant Vihar

8. Sakura, Time Tower. MG Road, Gurgaon

9. 360, The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

10. Ai, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket,

11. Umami, Global Foyer Building, Sector 43,Gurgaon

12. SET’Z, DLF Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj

13. Sakura, Hotel Metropolitan, Delhi (their site says, they are under renovation)

14. Zen, Connaught Place, New Delhi

I know this is not comprehensive, however would appreciate if you can post about more outlets in the comments section, I would be glad to add them to this post.