A literal translation of the Japanese word tazuna (“horse rein”) might make you think this sushi dish had some equestrian connection. Actually, the name is meant to conjure up a twisted streamer-like strip of leather. The diagonal striped pattern created by the smoked salmon, omelet, and flat-leafed parsley is such that these bite-size pieces of sushi have a rather festive look.
This is a challenging preparation, and until you’ve rolled a few, it may be difficult to shape well. It’s worth the effort of practicing, though, since the end result is so impressive and the ingredients themselves are not very costly.
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