Sushi is a weekly must do in my book, I crave that combination of melt in your mouth fish and spicy wasabi probably more than any other food. A taste bud and habit that have become quite costly. About 10 years ago the sushi phenom hit the US hard and today you cannot even enter a grocery store or convenience store without seeing some rendition of the ever popular food. 10 years ago the everyday person never thought about making sushi in their own kitchen, and some still don’t. However I can proudly say Chris and I have stepped outside our comfort zones and have made our own Sushi Boats 3 times in the last 3 months.
Perhaps it’s the endless possibilities you can create with just a few simple ingredients. Or my dedication to living outside the box. But this is something you MUST try.
First step is to locate your local Japanese Food Market, specialty store, or even fish market (simple ask if they have sashimi grade fish). Our local stop is Nijiya Market. Located just west of the 405 on Sawtelle in the corner of a large shopping center. Take one step into this market and you are transported straight into a local grocer in Toyko. If you are a lover of all things Japanese you might just want to take a field trip here to experience it.
Luckily this market offers small cuts of all sorts of sashimi grade fish — tuna, salmon, yellow tail, squid, eel, etc. Each ranging in cost from $4.00 – $11.00. They even sell pre-made sushi rice! Somethings you will without a doubt need to create your own Sushi Night:
- at least 2 cuts of fish (for 2 people)
- Nori (or seaweed paper)
- Sushi Rice
- Soy Sauce
- a very sharp knife
- saran wrap
- Bamboo roller
SOME GREAT ADDITIONS:
- Sesame Oil
- Sesame seeds
- fish eggs
Second Step is the cutting of the fish — there is a technique to this. I can’t say that we have it mastered, but boy is YouTube a life saver when you randomly on a whim decide to make sushi for the first time. How to make Nigiri. How to roll a sushi roll. How to make a Hand Roll. Each one of these videos will help you in learning how to create your own sushi dinner.
Next is to decide what type of sashimi, hand rolls and specialty rolls you are going to create. You of course can go with the basics. California roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Rainbow Roll, etc. However if you want to get creative, check out Sushi Menu’s for innovative specialty rolls that you would never dream you could make yourself.
If anything a spontaneous sushi meal provides great fun, patience, and a gold metal award for out of the ordinary! Some day soon I will share some actual recipes for this indulgence!