Sushi Making Classes: Learn How To Make Sushi
Everyone loves sushi. And if you're like me, you've come to the realization that sushi should be really easy to make. It's just rice, vinegar, fish, seaweed and sauce. How hard could it be?
Well it is difficult if you want to make something that resembles the dishes you eat at your favorite sushi joints. Anybody can slap together the ingredients, but sushi making is an art. It's about presentation.
So where do you learn where to make sushi? Here are a couple of options:
1) Attend a class.
If you're in the LA area, there's a sushi academy that you can go to. They're not going to teach you how to be a sushi master, but if you're looking for a fun class on how to make traditional rolls and hand rolls, then this is great start. Plus, you get to take home as many as you can make.
If you're not in LA, can still learn how to make sushi. Most sushi restaurants have seating at the sushi bar. Take a seat at the bar and ask your chef to teach you as he makes your rolls. It's as good as a private lesson.
2) Watch Online Videos
You can watch any number of Youtube sites at home if you're unable to attend a class locally. There area lot of tutorial videos that break down the steps for you and I've found them to be extremely helpful. You may have trouble finding high quality fish in your area at the supermarket (depending on where you live), but you should ask your local grocer about possible local fish substitutes.
3) Work at a sushi restaurant.
If you've decided that you love preparing sushi and want to make a career of it, you should try working for a sushi restaurant. Unlike most other industries, the food service industry still supports apprenticeship programs. There aren't any world reknowned sushi academies like Cordon Bleu is to french cuisine. So most sushi chefs learn on the job. If you want to know what it's like to work in a sushi restaurant, you should watch "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." It's very inspirational and currently available on Netflix streaming.
4) Go to Japan
If you want to learn to prepare sashimi and handrolls from a master, you'll need to take a flight out to Japan. This is fairly obvious, but I can't stress how important this is. You haven't truly lived until you've seen a master sushi chef at work.
The Tsukiji Fish Market is the world's largest importer/exporter of seafood. If you want the freshest fish in the world, you'll have to visit Tokyo and check this place out. It's truly amazing how much seafood passes through this place on a daily basis. It's a testament to how much the Japanese love their fish.
Since the fish is so fresh, there are a couple of small sushi restaurants that have sprouted up right along the Tsukiji Fish Market. The most famous one is called Daiwa. I ate here during my visit to Tokyo and it is by far the best sushi that I've ever tasted.
There is a long line that forms for this place, but it is worth the wait. I suggest going for the set menu, which included seven pieces of nigiri, 6 pieces of maki, miso soup, and tea for ¥3500 (~US$45). It is pricey, but it's a once in a lifetime experience. And if you're a true sushi lover, you won't regret it.
They make everything right in front of you, so you'll see just how a sushi master prepares his dishes. It's a great learning experience and a wonderful way to gain an insight into the culture as well as the food.
Those are the top 4 ways to learn how to make sushi. I hope you all go out there and learn how to make sushi for yourself. Have fun and eat well!