california hand roll

Chinese Bugles

I’m not the biggest fans of Bugles, but from what I can tell, it looks they’re following in the footsteps of Oreos and Kit Kats here in Asia, offering a wide variety of local and seasonal flavors. Here’s a look at just some of what I’ve found at one supermarket here in Shanghai, and my guesses as to what flavors they are judging by the package photo and a few of the kanji I know…

California hand roll…

Spicy shredded beef…

Barbecued beef with pine…?

Grilled steak with peppercorns…

Stir-fried beef with tri-color peppers…

Baked purple potato…

We did buy and try the purple potato flavor, and the Bugles were indeed purple, but they were much too sweet for my liking…

I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what other flavors I can find here!



As most of you know I am a big fan of anything Japanese. The clothes, lifestyle, the culture and of course the FOOD. I am sure you will agree that Japanese cuisine is not only delicious but also beautiful.

So today I tried to do my own version of Sushi.

What You Need:

  • SUSHI KIT (its cheaper than buying separate ingredients) The kit is good for 2 people but I you have guest coming I suggest buy your sushi rice, Nori (seaweed paper), Rice Vinegar, Sushi bamboo for rolling.
  • Crab Sticks
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Smoked Salmon
  • 3 Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • Sesame Seed

How To:

1. Wash  sushi rice 3 to 4 times then add water and boil for 20 minutes. The ratio is 250g of rice to 330ml water. Then Fluff rice and add salt and rice vinegar then fold.

2. Combine 4 tbsp of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar and a pinch of salt. This will be your Japanese Mayonnaise (kewpie). 

3. Diced crab sticks and add 2 tbsp of your japanese mayo mixture.

4. Place Nori on top of the bamboo roller then top with rice spreading it over the nori, making sure you leave 1 inch free on the top and bottom.

5. Spread the crab mixture, then add slice of avocado and cucumber.

6. Then roll the sushi away from you, lice rolling a swiss roll. Make sure that you roll and tuck first then roll the rest of the sushi to secure it. 

7. WIth a sharp knife dipped in hot water slice the edges to clean it off then slice in the middle into half then quarters. You can get 8 sushi per roll.

Some Variations are:

1. Use smoked salmon and scrambled egg.

2. Or Place rice on top of the nori then add toasted sesame seeds. Turn the nori over onto the bamboo roller lined with cling film. Then add the fillings on the nori then roll. So basically you have the rice as the exterior and the Nori as the interior.

3. Or some hand roll, Cut nori into 2 then in the edge place enough rice then the filling and spread with your japanese mayo then roll into cone like shape. (you do not need the bamboo roller for this one) then secure with a bit of rice.

Best served with soy sauce and wasabi.