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Old 08-05-2005, 10:08 AM   #1
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Default Where do you buy stuff to make Sushi at home?

Anyone know where they might sell those bamboo mats used to make the rolls??
I'm thinking about trying making some fish free sushi at home but can't find where they sell those mats.

another question is the rice. Does it have to be Japanese rice to make sushi rice? (I know you need to add rice wine vinegar) or would any rice work??
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:10 AM   #2
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If you have cable, watch for a Good Eats episode on this very subject. He covers everything, among other things, you don't have to use japanese rice (which is lucky because you can't have any) but you do have to use sushi rice.

My local crunchy organic grocery store has a full set of sushi making stuff including the mats.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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They have gift sets that include that bamboo mat at World Market, and even at Bruno's, at least around here.

I know that it takes a special kind of rice so as to stick together- you can't just use Uncle Ben's in the boil-in bag, unfortunately.

My concern would be finding fresh enough fish to use, rather than the rice...
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:11 AM   #4
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Last time my wife and I did this we were able to get all the ingredietns at our local grocery store - Shaws - they had a International section that had the rice, seaweed wraps, sesame seeds, etc...and I would reccomend using the correct rice, it makes it much easier...
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:12 AM   #5
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Wegman's is the only place around here I would feel comfortable buying sushi-grade tuna. But if you're going to DIY at home, make tuna the only raw fish you use... it's safer and easier to find than anything else.

Short-grain rice is going to be tough to find, but I be a "gourmet" store like Wegman's or Trader Joe's has it.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:12 AM   #6
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Most Asian food stores or otherwise upscale markets usually sell specific sushi rice. You could probably use regular rice, but the sushi stuff sticks together like glue, which helps a lot during rolling.

A girl I was dating bought my sushi mat for me, and I believe she said she got it at a Whole Foods (although it might have been Trader Joe's).
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We did this once. I got the stuff at Cost Plus. But, it wasn't worth the trouble. It was just easier to go to the restaurant. It was fun as a novelty, though.
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Seeing as how his sushi is to be fish free, I'm not sure if finding the freshest fish is going to be a big concern for him.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:13 AM   #9
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They have gift sets that include that bamboo mat at World Market, and even at Bruno's, at least around here.

I know that it takes a special kind of rice so as to stick together- you can't just use Uncle Ben's in the boil-in bag, unfortunately.

My concern would be finding fresh enough fish to use, rather than the rice...
Never heard of either of those stores..
(re-read I said fish free sushi )

I saw they have sushi rice but it was like $8 for about 2.5cups dry... I wasn't thinking of instant rice but thought maybe some of the other kinds of rice might work...
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i dont know about out in that part of MA but you can get most of that stuff here in most supermarkets (lowell) in the ethnic food isles

either way just hit your local asian food store they will have everything you need.

plain sticky rice works fine to make sushi (im no pro but can make the rolls) just add enough water to moisten it and cook it, but not as much as you would normally for making rice.

they should also have the seaweed wraps, sesame seeds, etc.

asian markets have everything you ever need, plus some (and lots of cute asian girls)
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Also...we got the sashimi grade tuna from the fish department, it was not out in the display, they had to get it special out of the freezer, just ask for the sashimi grade stuff...
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We did this once. I got the stuff at Cost Plus. But, it wasn't worth the trouble. It was just easier to go to the restaurant. It was fun as a novelty, though.
Yeah, it can be a bit of a pain, and generally resturant rolls > (my) home rolls as far as flavor goes. It's fun to do as a dinner-date type of thing as an alternative to going out though.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:16 AM   #13
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Most upscale grocery stores will sell most things you need. Otherwise you could always try World Market, etc. I bought most of mine at a local Korean market.

Also, you must use sushi rice, regular rice will not be "sticky" enough.

Edit: Doing it at home is much more fun if you have several friends over and make, making the sushi part of the evening. We have everyone bring different Japanese beers, and then spend an hour or so making the sushi, it's much more fun to eat when everyone has pitched in. Edamame is a great appetizer while everyone is hanging out drinking. You can get that at most grocery stores.
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:16 AM   #14
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I only can find one Asian market any bit near here, (work in Framingham live outside of Worcester) but IIRC it is a Chinese food market, is in Worcester. I might check that place out tonight but wasn't sure if they would have the stuff since sushi isn't really Chinese.

Good call on the shaws! I forgot the have a large ethnic section!
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Never heard of either of those stores..
(re-read I said fish free sushi )

I saw they have sushi rice but it was like $8 for about 2.5cups dry... I wasn't thinking of instant rice but thought maybe some of the other kinds of rice might work...
Bruno's is one of the local area grocery chains. I think they are in Alabama and Georgia. World Market is AKA Cost Plus in some places, the name of the store is actually "Cost Plus World Market" on their sales brochures, etc. We just call it world market since that's what's big and bold on the sign.

Re: fish-free sushi: D'oh! What's in fish free sushi anyway?
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:21 AM   #16
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Re: fish-free sushi: D'oh! What's in fish free sushi anyway?
There are tons of things. Like Avocado, cucumber, there are some recipes that use beef and chicken... Might use cooked fish stuff like Shrimp or crab... Just don't trust places around here enough to use their fish..

Just want to do it for fun. Not looking to become Sephro's world famous sushi chef. (although I would be the whitest sushi chef ever )
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Once he buys that, he needs to get some overpriced serving dishes:

http://www.gourmetofoldecity.com/servingpieces.html
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If you have cable, watch for a Good Eats episode on this very subject. He covers everything, among other things, you don't have to use japanese rice (which is lucky because you can't have any) but you do have to use sushi rice.

My local crunchy organic grocery store has a full set of sushi making stuff including the mats.
Why can't he have any? You can get japanese sushi rice at most stores. It's best if you use japanese rice because it is nice and sticky.
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Nice that is much cheaper than the local grocery store (Price Chopper)
They had Powdered wasabi mix (the small can they have for like $2) for about $6... Makes 2-4 servings...
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Grocery store sells sushi rice with instructions. Make sure you read the instructions, 'cuz you need the rice vinegar as well. Most grocery stores seem to stock the nori, as well. As for the bamboo mat, Publix sells them, and I saw them at Brunos, too. I don't know about MA chains.

Tuna is probably the safest fish to eat raw. Salmon is questionable - if it's been in fresh water, you really want it to be cooked first... Luckily, you can buy farm raised saltwater salmon.

I'll make my own tuna rolls, usually. It's what I enjoy the most, and they are quick and easy. That said, I end up eating out usually - the cost works out to be about the same in the long run.
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Why can't he have any? You can get japanese sushi rice at most stores. It's best if you use japanese rice because it is nice and sticky.
I bet if you peek at the back of that stuff it will be from Thailand or somewhere.
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I bet if you peek at the back of that stuff it will be from Thailand or somewhere.
Doubtful, but I'll check next time I'm there.
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I bet if you peek at the back of that stuff it will be from Thailand or somewhere.
Oh n03ss!!1 t3h my jdm r1c3 is m4d3 in Thailand!!!!1?!?
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