17th June 2016
Become the sushi master you were destined to be.
You know what? Sushi making is easy peasy lemon squeezy. To master the basics you only need a handful of ingredients and a couple of equipmenty bits and bobs. This list will help you out if you’re looking to make maki and ura maki (like the ones in the header photo!) Get down to a supermarket, buy the following things, and enjoy a scrummy sushi fest in time for the weekend. You deserve it.
1. Bamboo Mat
Sometimes you can buy sushi starter kits that include all of the core basics like nori, sushi rice and bamboo mats. If you can get hold of one of these, it might save you money in the long run. But bamboo mats are still easy and cheap to get hold of.
2. Sushi Rice
Sushi rice is a short grain, glutinous white rice that’s similar to a pudding rice or risotto rice! It’s used because of its ability to hold its shape thanks to the stickiness. It’s simple to make, if you’re looking for a recipe, head to our sushi burrito where we explain all.
Nori is an edible seaweed and the main ingredient after sushi rice for wrapping tasty morsels into fun little rolls. Many major supermarkets sell it, but if you’re struggling to scope it out, head to an asian supermarket where you’re certain to find it.
Our most recent sushi adventure included spring onion, avocado and king prawns but you can pretty much use anything you like. We recommend salmon if you’re going down the Californian route. Remember to include something that gives a nice crunch. This is an important texture point.
5. A Very Sharp Knife
When you’re chopping up your rolled sushi you need to ensure you have a mega sharp knife to get the perfect slices without all the filling and rice falling out. Be very firm and press down in one solid swoop. You can do it!
Did you know that the ginger is only there to cleanse your palette in between sushi courses? In the west it’s become popular to bulk up your bite with heaps of ginger but fyi- you’re doing it wrong!
Always. Go. Easy. On the wasabi. Always.
It’s very strong and hits you in the back of the nose. A tiny dollop for each bite should be plenty to keep you going.
8. Soy Sauce
Sushi wouldn’t be complete with a bit of soy to dip it into. You’re only supposed to dip the fish side into the sauce but frankly, as with the ginger, you can do what you like! It’s your meal.
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