Day 292/365: Manila Maki, A Japanese-Filipino Fusion

October 20, 2011

Let’s have some Japanese food tutorials here.

What is Maki? 

Maki refers to any type of sushi which is made in a roll with sushi rice, toasted seaweed nori, and various fillings ( I wonder how it taste if there’s green mango and bagoong maki?) . The word maki means “roll,” and most people who have eaten sushi have consumed maki in some form or another. Some forms of maki, such as uramaki, are complex, requiring the attention of a skilled chef. Others such as temaki are very easy to make, and frequently eaten at home and at social gatherings.

Maki sushi comes in several varieties, depending on how thick the roll is and how the roll is constructed. The most common form is hosomaki, or thin rolls. Thin rolls are made by making a small strip of sushi rice and one or two ingredients along one edge of a sheet of nori and then rolling it up tightly to form a slender roll. Hosomaki is cut into small pieces before serving, and is usually served on a platter with several other types of sushi for contrast. Common hosomaki types include cucumber rolls, carrot rolls, and tuna rolls.

Thicker maki is called futomaki, which means “fat roll.” Futomaki is usually made with multiple ingredients, and can be as much as one and one half inches (four centimeters) in diameter. Futomaki is often made vegetarian, and commonly includes ingredients like sprouts, fried eggs, and daikon radish. Usually futomaki is cut before it is served, although it is also served in the form of whole rolls at some traditional festivals.

Uramaki is an inside out roll, meaning that the sushi rice is on the outside. Uramaki is made by layering a piece of nori with sushi rice and then flipping it over to line the bottom edge of the other side with ingredients. Then the maki is rolled up, and usually dipped in garnishes like fish roe or sesame seeds. Uramaki is actually more common outside of Japan, and includes famous sushi such as California and Philadelphia rolls. So by now, we know that California Maki is Uramaki

Temaki is a sushi roll formed in the shape of a cone. Nori sheets are cut in half so that a small pile of sushi rice and fillings can be made on one corner. Then the nori is tightly rolled in a conical shape which can easily be held by hand while it is dipped into an assortment of sauces and eaten. This form of maki is a more casual type of sushi, and also has a fun visual appearance, with ingredients overflowing from the cone like a cornucopia.

So lets do some Japanese-Filipino fusion in Manila Maki. This is an interesting mix of Japanese Maki with Pinoy delectable taste buds.

Pinoydon-Maki? Yes people, its adobo-green mango and cream cheese rolled in suhi rice

Japanese Filipino Fusion Dining

Manila Maki, A specialty of the house – nilasing na hipon, green mango, kani salad rolled in sushi rice and topped with slices of fresh tuna drizzled with mango dressing

Longgiyoza, (longganisa and Gyoza) a Cabanatuan longanisa steam, fried served with spicy soy vinegar

Batchoy Ramen, Your favorite chicharon toppings in Batchoy Soup is now served in a garlicky shoyu soup based

Adobodon, Adobo Chicken or Pork, topped in sushi rice with lots of fried garlic toppings.

Aligue Kani, Japanese Kani sticks on top of Aligue sushi rice

A real Pinoy dish in a Japanese cuisine! Truly a creativity and an evolution of Filipino dishes!

Quoting Chef Gene Gonzales in his write up on Manila Bulletin about Manila Maki:

” The Manila Maki may present itself as a casual hang loose fusion menu. The Japanese-Filipino fusion of cooking, especially in the area of sushi requires more than just passion and creativity from the chef and owners but is evident in their deeper understanding of both cuisines and what compatible flavors to merge with. It is only in the deeper understanding in both cultures and cuisines that one can pull this type of fusion. It is with great hope that they can come up with more creative flavor combinations that are as wonderful as what they have to offer now”

So we surely waiting for more Pinoy dishes in a sushi rolls or Ramen? How about the Ilocos Bagnet? Pansit Malabon-Ramen? Lechon Cebu Roll? Yum Yum! cant wait!

Manila Maki

The place interior is uniquely conceptualize with wood staples and authentic Japanese newspapers combined to blend an urban dining lifestyle. Their creativity is truly amazing…. from the place itself to your plate!

Located at 332 HV Dela Costa, GF Elizabeth Place Condominium, Salcedo Village 111 City of Makati, Philippines

Telephone Number: (632) 8227319

Operating Hours:


Tue – Sun:11:00-22:00

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