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  • In 2008, my lovely mother-in-law bought me a unique birthday gift -- an experience.

    It was an expensive voucher, which allowed me to choose an experience from Red Letter Days, which specialises in giving unforgettable experiences as gifts, ranging from skydiving, pamper spa to bungee jumping.

    I chose sushi making at Yo! Sushi in London in 2009. I was taught by the head chef, Pogs, from the Philippines.

    The restaurant was located opposite to the St. Paul's Cathedral, London. It was the most amazing experience to be making (or trying to make) sushi while enjoying the most melodious bells ringing.

    Pogs spent the first 30 minutes explaining the essence of sushi: Rice.

    I was the only oriental face in the group. I've had rice all my life. Pogs passed the rice around to show around 20 students what rice looked like or felt like. Pogs told his students:

    1) You MUST only use Japanese Sushi Rice to make sushi, not Basmati rice, not Long grain rice.

    2) If you don't have an electric rice cooker, buy one or get one for your birthday.

    3) Wash the rice thoroughly before you cook it. Wash the rice many times until the water is absolutely clear. But, there is no need to put the washing liquid in for that to happen.

    4) Less is more. Only put very little ingredients in the rice, otherwise things will start falling out.

    5) The inventor of Sushi was not the Japanese, but the Chinese!
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