After you experiment at home and discover the perfect ways to make your own sushi, you may want to share your creations with family and friends. But how will you serve it? Many consider sushi art, and part of that is how you arrange the rolls on a plate. This is called “plating,” and if you’ve ever visited a sushi restaurant, you’ve probably noticed how nice the sushi looks when it comes to your table. But plating doesn’t have to be something restricted to restaurants. You can have fun and be creative in plating your sushi on your own. Follow these tips to get started.
[1.] Invest in some artistic plates.
You can arrange sushi nicely on plain dinner plates, but you’ll always be restricted by the shape of the plate you choose. Round plates tend to lend themselves to round plating designs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you’re starting to experiment with plating, it’s fun to have some more artistic plates to play with. But fun plates don’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. Places like Target or even Shopko have attractive rectangular plastic plates that are quite cheap. Of course, if you want to make a larger investment there are plates specifically made for sushi. You can find them online at places like mysushiset.com.
[2.] Vary the orientation of pieces.
Now that you’ve got the plates, you’re ready to start your plating! There are basically two ways you can put the actual sushi pieces on a plate - you can stand them up so that the nori is facing upward, or you can lay them down so that the rice/ fillings are facing upward. Experiment with different combinations of laying the sushi up and down. You can make many combinations by placing a sushi piece up or down at various increments. But of course, a simple straight line of sushi on a clean plate also looks classy.
[3.] Wait to drizzle until pieces are on the plates.
If you are going to use sauces in your sushi, wait to cover the pieces until you have put them on the plates. When you do have your pieces arranged, you can drizzle your sauces over them in an aesthetic way to give your plate a sophisticated feel.
[4.] Don’t forget the garnishes.
Many Asian markets carry sushi garnishes like ginger and wasabi. Place these on the plate with your sushi rolls in strategic places - if you’ve made a half circle with your rolls, consider placing the garnishes in the center to make a fermata shape. Other options include making artistic shapes by “drawing” with the wasabi, or arranging the ginger in a flower-like shape.
Plating sushi is a fun way to share your craft with friends and family. Just remember to have fun, and don’t be afraid to experiment.