I don’t think I need to explain much about what Sushi is with all the commotion about this amazing buffet. But I dare anyone to make His/Her own at home. I started doing this because I’m no Donald Trump. I can’t afford those sushi bars everyday anymore. Besides, I just love those tiny treats I even want to open a Sushi bar myself. My lovely wife is a wonderful person who manages to prevent me from going to Japan to learn directly from a true Itamae.
Sushi is just like sandwiches, replace the bread with rice, ham with fishes, and use different spices. But there are two challenges here; first your mother or most people you know won’t be able to teach you how to make it the right way and the stores won’t have the ingredients ready like they have for sandwiches. You have to do it your own. And to make it worse, sushi is a visual culinary. A text only recipe will lead you to a completely new kind of food. Well, at least that’s what happened to me. :p A good pictorial cookbook or even better, a cooking videos, are mandatory.
But fear not, once you get the hang of making sushi, it’ll be your favorite 10 minutes meal. At first it’ll look like a crude rice-fish mix though. But make them for your children every evening and in a week you’ll be making your own recipe. Even though my kids can’t keep up with my new hobby, the neighbors are happily becoming my new victims. : ) Sushi is definitely an art, but it isn’t necessarily difficult. Sushi will bring joy to those who eat, make and create it for its taste and experience.
For the reference, I saved most of my daily allowance to buy some Sushi cookbook from my nearest bookstore and paid up some websites to see their videos. Don’t forget to save some to buy the tools. You don’t need to buy the most expensive tools available, my complete set only cost me $ 20 and it’s my best investment ever. Tricked my wife into buying rice, salmon, shoyu and nori instead of the regulars and all set! I’m the new Itamae in town!
For those who are into free stuff or aren’t ready to invest a buck into Sushi, my newfound free website amazingfreebies.co.cc has one eBook about Sushi. I can’t find the same eBook on paid ones and my curiosity leads me to download it anyway. :p It’s actually a really great book with lots of picture in it. I’ve print it in photo paper and it still one of my favorite. The cooking set is completely optional since nigirizushi and many other sushi can be made by hand.