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Ikura Temaki (Salmon Roe Handroll)

Ikura Temaki (Salmon Roe Handroll) Recipe

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I loveeee ikura (イクラ in Japanese), aka salmon roe. It is full of salty, unami and omega goodness. Not forgetting to mention that they look so pretty too, like little glistening gems in the sea. I made  these ikura temaki (handroll 手巻) after an awful experience at a popular Japanese restaurant chain. I ordered a ikura handroll and was shocked when it arrived on the table. Each individual salmon roe had burst as if someone had stamped violently on the tray of ikura.

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The juices from the precious roe had entirely leaked out. When I feedback the sad state of my handroll to the waiter, he was totally nonchalant about it and did not even offer a “sorry”. I told the waiter to rely my feedback to the kitchen, he just said, “oh ok, I will feedback to them” and walked away :( I did not want to create a scene so I just moved on with my dinner, paying full price for the handroll. That very same weekend, I bought the best grade of ikura (still cheaper than ordering at restaurants) from Meidi-Ya supermarket and made the handroll myself. Even though I am no sushi chef, they tasted really good and fresh. I even have a recipe for it on my blog now. So … yay for happy endings! :P

Ikura Don Recipe
If you have leftover ingredients, make the equally easy ikura don (salmon roe on rice). Click the photo above for the recipe.

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7 Responses to “Ikura Temaki (Salmon Roe Handroll)”

  1. HoppingHammy — June 18, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    This is so creative and beautifully presented! (Almost like a flower bouquet.) The contrast of the orange, green, and black is perfect. I’ve never tried roe before, but I would try it like this. Glad your story turned into a “happy ending!” :)


    • wiffy replied: — June 19th, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

      that’s very kind of you :)


  2. tigerfish — June 19, 2014 @ 2:09 am

    What an unhappy experience :O I never really tried salmon roe before cos usually they are expensive in restaurants and I am also wary if the roe is “real” Don’t know..I just read many reports that salmon roe is something that can be quite easily (and widely) “imitated”. How do you ensure you got the real stuff?

    Your kitchen very well-equipped leh…even have the hand-roll “stand” :)


    • wiffy replied: — June 19th, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

      I don’t think the salmon roe they sell in SG is ever fake. only smashed LOL (ok it’s only that one time). I’m very sure the ones sold at the Japanese supermarkets here (Meidi Ya and Scotts esp) are genuine. always wanted a temaki stand hehe


  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 21, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    wow These handrolls look so inviting!


  4. Beth — June 23, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    I’m glad it worked out. Yours is so beautiful!


  5. B — June 23, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    One of my favourite handrolls, With homemade ones, I can put in extra ikura :)