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Old 04-24-2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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Is this sushi maker any good?

Has anyone ever used this? If so, is it worth $13?

I looked and I don't have any type of Asian groceries or stored within 60 miles of me



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Old 04-24-2005, 10:52 AM   #2
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sushi maker

That didn't look like a very good set to me. I was taught to make sushi from a Japanese woman, and she had only had two special tools. Those were a sushi mat, and a rice cooker. The rice cooker is not essential--I don't cook rice much like she does, although it does make perfect rice. The bamboo mat is like 6 X 8 inches and they only cost about $1.50 at an Asian store, and you only need one, unless you're rolling with a friend (which is a lot of fun). You can probably find them on the internet cheap as well. Use the mat when making the "rolls", like California or Alaska rolls, or veggie rolls, with the nori on the outside. I love these, and they're easy to make. The regular sushi with a piece of raw or cooked fish or egg on can be shaped very simply with your fingers--doesn't take any special equipment. The specialty ingredients you need are short grain rice, seasoned rice vinegar, nori, wasabi, good soy sauce, and pickled ginger. Of course, your fish, shrimp or veggies. I also like to have some toasted sesame seeds on hand, as they add delicious flavor. Yum...

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Old 04-24-2005, 11:41 AM   #3
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Thank you, Shellygloo.

I really appreciate it. My other thread about the california rolls produced some very good advise also.
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Old 04-24-2005, 12:28 PM   #4
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texasgirl - I've been to one sushi restaurant in particular that used these forms though I didn't get to watch them actually use them to see if it was easier or more difficult than just rolling your own. For the price I'd be tempted to order it just to try it I would be, but for now I think you should just stick to rolling to really learn the art. Switching to a form from the rolling mat is kind of like wine bottles switching from cork to screw tops - some of the romance is gone.

Gosh, but it's a kitchen "toy" and like Chocolatechef's passion for them there is a certain lure - but I'll try to refrain!!!!!!

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Old 04-24-2005, 03:49 PM   #5
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I guess I'll just order the things that I need on the internet.
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Old 04-24-2005, 05:06 PM   #6
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Im totally with Shellygloo (learned from a japanese friend of my mothers) and it's a matter of do you want freedom when making your sushi or do you want it to be restricted by a mold? If you do it with a matt you can control a LOT that you cant with something like that. Not that there's no such thing as molded sushi but that's a different subject.
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Old 04-24-2005, 06:55 PM   #7
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You only need the mat.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:05 PM   #8
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I've seen more than a couple of TV episodes with actual "sushi masters" - and they only used the mat.

Ironically, the sushi mats look exactly like a set of place mats that I bought back in the 70's for about 50-cents each.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:17 PM   #9
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The sushi "kit" does not produce sushi like I've ever seen although it might be fun to use as a novelty... I did like the website referenced by TEXASGIRL.
As suggested by the others a sushi mat is the only tool needed
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:41 PM   #10
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I wouldnt buy it. Looks like it MIGHT be useful. I will bet that you buy it.... use it and then kick yourself that you spend money on it. Im thinking its junk. Plus its easy to roll your own sushi. I will plead with you that you dont buy it.

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