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Hey all of you. I'm looking for a 'do it yourself sushi' kit/apparatus and I'm wondering if any of you have suggestions as to where I can find one online (or anywhere), and which ones might be better than others. I like sushi a lot and would like to learn more about it, but it can be pricey. I actually want to get this as a gift for my boyfriend, who will be studying abroad. He loves sushi, and since prices in Paris are frightening, I want to give him a little kit he can take over there, and maybe even share his interest and make some for his host family sometime. I'd like to know any of your thoughts on this, are these kind of kits worth it, is it hard to buy nori for the wrapping, are there any types of these kits that are better than others? Just give me any info you have! Don't have a ton to spend, but I want to get one that's going to be useful, convenient, and fully functional. I know I can just buy a rolling mat at an asian market but since it's a gift I'd like to include a 'full set' if possible, maybe with some nice/good quality bowls, dishes, chopsticks, etc. Suggestions as to good sushi guides/books would be great too. Thank you and whatever you can share with me would be very, very much appreciated!

Take a look at a few of these and tell me what you think:

The MakiSushi seems like an interesting design but I don't see a storage kit and it makes them 'square shaped' from what I can see:
http://makisushiki.com/using.htm

This one is pricier but has some good reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/1402729383

This one comes with all the ingredients, although the book is said to be quite basic:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/B000H241DS?ie=UTF8&redirect=true

Or should I get one like this, with a modern/silicone rolling mat so the rice doesn't stick to the rolling mat and one doesn't have to use cellophane:
http://www.amazon.com/Harold-93979-ADVENTURES-SUSHI-MAGIC/dp/B00028Y8GW/ref=pd_sbs_gro_1


If you have any other suggestions or comments about problems/advantages to any of those styles/brands, please let me know! Thank you!

My favorite roll: Dynamite. Spicy, with tons of softshell crab legs sticking out! Eating it in one bite is a welcome challege.

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Nori

Hey fellow sushi lovers.

I don't really live anywhere near the coast or some other place that sells nori for a decent price. And I make sushi fairly often, not to mention that I love eating seaweed straight out of the package as a snack sometimes. (Yup, I'm an addict.)

But I was wondering, I've looked up a few places online, but where is the best place to buy seaweed for sushi online? I'm not really picky about the quality, just looking to get the most bang for my buck. Thanks in advance if you have any comments or links and such. :)
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King of the Roll

Here in Portland ME we have this fairly good place, called King of the Roll. The owner/chef is super friendly! They make the best Udon soup EVER. But I've heard through the grapevine their fish is questionable. It's always tasted fine to me, but I thought I'd ask?
Just in case. If anyone is from around here anyhow.
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Spicy Honey Sauce

One of my favorite sauces that some restaurants put on their sushi is spicy honey sauce. It's rather tan in color and tastes just great! I'd love to have some spicy honey sauce when we make our own sushi, but I can't find a recipe for it on the internet, and I can't find it in an asian grocery market. But perhaps it has some japanese name that I don't know about. (For example, when I was looking for Eel sauce, I didn't know I had to look for... unagi no tare? Is that right? I think it's a flavored soy sauce) I'm wondering if anybody knows where I could possibly find/create such a delicious sauce.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)

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Hi,new member! I have been eating sushi since 1995. I recently  moved to Fort Meade,MD, which is right in the middle between DC and Baltimore. I am on the hunt for great sushi near me.
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A question about salmon nigiri

Hi there! What a wonderful community this is. I'm looking forward to reading it on my friends page.

My question is this: for the best tasting raw salmon for nigiri, is there a particular part of the fish I should be looking for? Or perhaps a specific species?

The reason I ask is that when I go to expensive (REALLY YUMMY) sushi places, the salmon is thick, and fat, and very soft and mild tasting. Unfortunately, since I moved away from Atlanta, I have nowhere to go to find this. There is a Chinese place I went to today that fixes sushi fresh upon request (so no worries about freshness)... but the salmon was really... salmony tasting. This isn't want I want when I want salmon sushi! Non sushi eaters wouldn't understand this; they'd say, "Of course it tastes like salmon!"

So anyway, I'm considering making my own, but there's no fresh fish market around or anything. Do any of you lovely people have suggestions for how to purchase good pieces of salmon for making my own nigiri?

Thank you for your time!