We know that getting answers to sushi questions can sometimes be a little difficult at times. And to be honest, it can get a little confusing for even the "connoisseur" too from time to time.
But hopefully it will be at times like those that we can be here for you to help clear things up.
And who knows? Before long, you might be answering all of your friends questions too!
Whether you are just now starting out on this exciting and delicious journey or you are an old hand who has been traveling this road for a long time...
Just know that you've come to the right place. You are home.
For the Beginners...
For the ones just starting out, we have a sushi for beginners area just for you. And it is there that you can get some recommendations on what the best maki rolls or nigiri are to start out on if you've never had any before. You can also find out how to act when you get to the restaurant by learning a little about sushi bar etiquette.
If you're more interested in making it yourself, then you can get advice on what the best recipes are to try if you've never made any at home before. And were not talking about just any recipes here either.
These are ones that will assist you in hitting a home run on your first try by giving you a taste of the sushi making process while also building your confidence...one step at a time.
In another area, we cover all of the different types of sushi so that you will know the difference between Nigiri, Maki, Chirashi, Inari, and Oshi. Then we will talk about what Sashimi is and why sashimi is not the same thing.
And when you are done learning all of that and know what the different types are, you might actually start feeling confident enough to want to go out and eat it in a restaurant.
But then you might think...wait a minute...don't they have like "rules" for eating this stuff in a restaurant?
Yep...they sure do. But review a little about that on our sushi etiquette page and guess what?
You'll be an expert in no time!
And speaking of experts.
For the Old-timers...
Let's say that you just went to a nice restaurant recently, and tried a maki roll that you think you might want to try to duplicate at home.
No problem! Just head on over to our sushi recipes page and find that recipe.
No recipe for that one you say? (maybe it is a specialty roll made just at that particular restaurant?). Well then. Just follow our advice for identifying the type of roll it is by its size (diameter), the type and number of ingredients that are in it, match it to the proper "generic" roll and then follow our recipe for building that roll whether that is a hosomaki, chumaki, futomaki, uramaki or temaki roll.
Ta da! You just figured out and created a roll you wanted to duplicate...on your own! Talk about empowerment! You gotta love it.
What is that? So you don't want to roll your sushi with an old fashioned sushi mat (makisu) or form your nigiri by hand you say? No problem! We also cover the hottest sushi making kits for you.
And we don't leave you hanging by just covering the recipes. We'll cover the stuff that you need to actually make them with too. The supplies and ingredients.
For instance, what if you are wanting some background on some of the sushi ingredients in the recipes (like sushi grade fish, rice vinegar, wasabi or ginger)? We got you covered.
Or maybe you want some info on some sushi supplies and equipment you might be needing like rice cookers, sashimi knives, rolling mats or even a hangiri (rice mixing tub). We got that here too.
So you see? We got your back on this.
But at this point, you might be starting to wonder a little about me, why I am doing this, and what my background and experience is in this area.
Well, pull up a chair and let me tell you a story...
You see, my mother is Japanese. I grew up cooking and eating real, authentic, everyday working man's Japanese food. Similar to the way that somebody who grew up in the south was raised on good ole' southern cooking. (My dad was a southern boy who actually cooked, so I know about that kind of food too!)
I remember watching my mother put hot, steaming white rice in a hangiri (wooden rice mixing tub), followed immediately by a measured pouring of a rice vinegar, sugar, and salt mixture. Then she would "toss" it with a rice paddle while at the same time fanning it to cool it off.
When the mixture had cooled, she would either form little pads of rice that would get a swipe of wasabi on top of them before getting draped over with her favorite topping or she would make maki rolls with it.
That "old school" way of making it is seared into my brain.
And so was sitting around the kitchen table afterwards enjoying the fruits of our labor, with our little dish of soy sauce (mixed with wasabi) and ginger on the side. And of course, we had hot green tea to sip on to round it all out...(later, beer occasionally replaced the green tea...but not until I was older!... Mom made sure of that...)
Of course, now you can buy an instant mix in a packet to simplify the process.
But does it taste as good as the old school method?
(Mom says "No"...but we'll conduct our own "test" soon enough and then you can vote on it...).
And that's exactly the kind of stuff we will talk about and discuss on here.
So you see, a lot of the information that you will find on this website will reflect what I learned from my now 80 year old Japanese mother (who I was in active consultation with during this process I might add :-) who learned it from her mother way back in the 1930's and 1940's.
The end result is that we have on this website the same old school, traditional, at home Japanese cooking and preparation methods used by my mother during her lifetime that are now being passed on to you by way of her recipes, tips and advice.
Just like it was passed on to me when I was growing up...
I hope that this is the kind of information that you are looking for.
Because if it is, it will be my pleasure to be your guide and provide you with all of the information that I can on the subject. But also with your help, input, and advice, we will make this site Rock!
So, if you are ready, let's start on this journey together and discover everything that we can about one of the most delicious, mouth watering, and healthy food choices in the world...
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