maki roll vs hand roll

The Difference Between a Maki Roll and a Hand Roll

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Remember the days when you wanted sushi, and everyone knew what that was? It’s just sushi, right? And for many people, the California Roll comes to mind. But now there is a variety of sushi rolls – Sashimi, Maki, Temaki, Uramaki, and Nigiri. It can be a bit confusing, especially if you don’t eat sushi a regular basis. We want to set the record straight on two popular rolls: the Maki Roll and the Hand Roll, and the differences between the two.

What Is a Maki Roll?

Maki means roll in Japanese. A maki roll, which is considered the classic roll, is basically a fish wrapped in crisp nori, a special type of seaweed that’s edible. The nori is then wrapped in sushi rice or sticky vinegared rice. Sushi rice is simply steamed rice seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt.  Maki roll fillings – oh, the fillings, can include Ahi tuna, salmon, crab, eel, along with the supporting cast – cream cheese, cucumbers, avocado, scallions, and more.

Once it’s wrapped, it’s sliced into bite-sized pieces. Here at Sukhothai Miami Beach, our menu is packed with classic rolls – California Roll, Salmon Roll, Avocado Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll. Check out our Unagui Roll, made up of freshwater baked eel, cream cheese, avocado, ell sauce, and sesame seeds. Yum!

Can Vegans Eat Sushi?

If you’re Vegan and don’t eat fish, we can always fill the nori with some of our delicious, crisp vegetables and rice. Ask us about our Veggie Roll. And we make amazing dishes tofu dishes. There are also options if you don’t eat raw fish, such as the California Roll, which contains cucumber, avocado, and imitation crab. We can prepare a dish to your liking.

difference between maki roll and hand rollHow Do You Eat a Maki Roll?

The traditional way to eat a maki roll, which as we mentioned earlier is sliced into bite-size pieces, is with chopsticks. And by the way, do not rub your chopsticks together. There’s no need for that. Your dish will come with thinly sliced pickled ginger. Eat the ginger between bites of different sushi, to clean the palate.

What Is a Hand Roll?

A hand roll is also called a sushi roll, more specifically – Temaki Sushi, a novel type of sushi. Think of a hand roll as a waffle cone, but much smaller and thinner. Hand rolls are made with paper-thin sheets of nori. What filling goes inside? It usually starts with sushi rice as a base. The seaweed cone is wrapped around that rice. From there – you can add anything imaginable: sashimi-grade fish, tuna salad, salmon, cucumber, thinly-sliced carrots, avocado, mango, and so much more. Here at Sukhothai, our menu features some delicious hand roll combinations featuring salmon, tuna, avocado, cucumber, and our special Krabstick.

How Do You Eat a Hand Roll?

When your server gives you the hand roll, it’s best to eat it right away – with your hands. No chopsticks. It’s meant to be eaten immediately, otherwise, the nori will become soggy and hard to chew.

Maki Roll vs Hand Roll

As you can see, there are distinct differences between the Maki Roll and the Hand Roll. For starters, they’re shaped differently. The hand roll (Maki) is cut into several pieces, while the Tamaki roll is shaped like a cone, and is not cut. Another big difference is the layering or how they’re wrapped. Maki is wrapped in sticky rice, which covers the nori, while with the Hand roll the nori is wrapped on the outside and covers the rice. Got it?

Let’s Eat Sushi!  

We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about the various types of sushi. We’ll be even happier, to feed you. You can order online or call us and place your order. We look forward to serving you!