It seems like only yesterday that trend-loving foodies freaked out over rainbow bagels, and rainbow donuts, and rainbow grilled cheese, and rainbow latte art, and…..daaaamn there’s been a lot of rainbow food lately. If you’re sick of the Lisa Frank culinary explosion that’s been happening all over your Instagram feed, you appear to be alone — because the unicorn food movement continues with #rainbowsushi.
We know what you’re thinking, what kind of radioactive preservatives do I have to consume with this one? The answer is “none.” Rather than food coloring, rainbow sushi is created using all-natural dyes made from plants, which makes this trend “real food” friendly and even vegan (if you skip the fish and stick with fruit and veggie rolls). Bonus: there’s no need to worry about your food getting cold while you look like an absolute jerk trying to score the perfect shot.
Don’t worry, patience makes it taste better.
To create your colors, use beet powder for pink, gochujang for orange, and turmeric for yellow. Blue and purple are a little more complicated. According to colorful sushi expert Let’s Cook Vegan you’ll need to:
Boil 1/4 piece of chopped cabbage in about 3 cups of water for about 30 minutes or until you’re left with about 1 cup of water. Use this water to cook 1/2 cup of sushi rice and save about 3 tbsp of the purple water to make the blue food colouring. Now you’ve got your purple rice use some of the remaining white rice you made to make blue. Add about 1 tsp of baking soda to the purple water and it will turn blue, now add this to the sushi rice and mix it well.
Which is code for: “You will never actually do this, but it’s nice to know you can… Now go find a pro and pay them to eat their rainbow creations.” Stay tuned next week for Rainbow Burgers™, Rainbow Bacon™, Rainbow Pad See Yu™, and Rainbow Pizza™. Oh…damn. Forget that last one.