Aside from nigiri, maki sushi is what most people think of for sushi. With ingredients rolled in rice and wrapped in seaweed, it’s sliced before serving for a delicious mouthful. Within the category of maki sushi, there are four main types typically served, which are detailed below.
4 Categories of Maki Sushi
These are small, thin sushi rolls that can be eaten in a single bite. They’re so small that only half a sheet of nori is needed to roll them. Hosomaki contains a single filling, either a vegetable or fish. If you want to try many different flavors, choose hosomaki because you can eat several before filing up.
Urumaki is sometimes called the “inside-out roll,” and it’s mostly seen in the U.S. The nori wrapper contains the sushi fillings—usually two or more kinds—and the rice is wrapped around the exterior. The California roll is the most popular uramaki.
At about two inches across, futomaki is the largest type of maki sushi. Their size accommodates two or more ingredients, often a vegetable and fish, so this sushi often has a variety of textures and flavors packed into one delicious roll.
Temaki is rolled individually, and the end result is a small, cone-shaped roll with rice and toppings nestled inside. These are great for cocktail parties because they’re typically eaten by hand instead of with chopsticks. The fillings are pre-seasoned so there’s no need for soy sauce.
For delicious maki sushi, bento, and more delicious Japanese takeout options, head to the Kawamoto Store. For more than 70 years, they’ve provided top-quality Japanese cuisine to the residents of Hilo, HI, and across the Big Island. Their caterers will work with you to create a feast your friends and family will talk about, or you can pop in for a bento box to go. Call (808) 935-8209 to talk to a caterer about your next event, or check out photos of their menu on Facebook.