Sushi is a craze which has exploded in the last few years in particular, and if you simply can’t get enough of these tasty Japanese treats, you are certainly not alone. However, if you find that your sushi habit is getting to be pretty hard on your wallet, you may decide that you want to start making your own at home. And while there is no doubt that the sushi masters are highly skilled in their trade, this doesn’t mean that you can’t become a bit of a whizz yourself. Here are five top tips which are designed to help you out in this regard.
Discover What You Like
The term sushi encompasses so many individual dishes that you need to take the time to discover exactly what it is that you enjoy eating the most. Visiting various sushi restaurants, talking to the chefs, and watching how they work is a great starting point. After all, you want the dishes that you prepare to be amongst your favourites.
Assemble Your Equipment
Next up, you are going to need to pull together the equipment that you require to make your sushi. A rice cooker is a good starting point which allows you to prepare it consistently every time without having to worry about over or undercooking. A set of good sharp Japanese knives should be the drawer of any aspiring sushi chef. You will also need a rice rolling mat and plastic wrap to prevent it from sticking. A large bowl for mixing, rice paddle for dividing up rice and a cutting board will all go a long way.
Get Your Ingredients
The higher the quality of the ingredients, the higher the quality of the sushi that you create is likely to be. The rice and fish are generally the two most important aspects of any sushi dish. Living close by to the ocean is going to help in the former category – or else you will need to find a good fishmongers nearby. You should also buy specific ‘sushi rice’ which is starchy and absorbent, as well as being not too hard and dry.
Prep Your Dishes
When you are slicing up your sushi ingredients, you are generally aiming to make them as thin as possible. Place your ingredients in small bowls and arrange them in a line for easy access. There are five basic ways to cut up sushi fish, and these are all worth learning. Watch videos online and make sure that you get plenty of practice.
Wrap and Roll
One of the main issues which sushi makers when they are rolling have is the rice sticking to their hands – something that you can avoid by dipping your hands in a vinegar and water solution. You don’t want to overpack your individual pieces as this is going to make them hard to roll up nice and tightly which is what you should be aiming for. Ultimately, ‘practice makes perfect’ is a good motto for the aspiring sushi chef!