Becoming a sushi master is a breeze .... provided you have the proper equipment. To help you in your quest, we have listed the 7 tools you will need turn yourself into a sushi making king when it comes to home made maki, sashimi and temaki.
1. The Knife
The essential accessory to achieving beautiful sushi is undoubtedly the knife. Or even better, a set of knives! Japanese knives are only honed on one side for precision cutting. Chefsteps have a great line-up of the best Japanese knives, or if you are looking for a simple starter option try this one:
A high quality waterstone is an indispensable companion to your sushi knives in order to ensure maximum sharpness at all times. Again, if you want to go all out to match a professional knife set try this $184 option recommended by Chefsteps, or as a simple starter try the one below:
Another essential element of achieving good sushi is perfectly cooked rice. Most Japanese restaurants use a "suihanki", ie a rice cooker, that will help you get the best results. Again, there's a huge range to find one that will suit your budget and requirements.
Once the rice is cooked it must be mixed with a rice paddle to let excess moisure excape. There are a number of choices from plastic to wood when it comes to selecting you paddle, a true sushi master performs this step using a "shamoji" ideal for working the rice in a "hangiri ".