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Sushi ingredients - best seaweed?

Thanks for all the suggestions! I was pressed for time so I didn't manage to get to Fujiya, T&T had to suffice. Now that I have a little experience under my belt I will definitely make it out to Fujiya next time to get more ingredients!

I still wasn't particularly sure how to pick seaweed, though. One thing we notice is the seaweed gets rather chewy by the time you finish your roll. Is there a reason for this? Is it due to quality of seaweed, or it's just that we didn't handle the rice well enough?

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of our first little sushi at home experiment... it worked out surprisingly well!

Sep 18, 2011
dreamoo in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi ingredients - best seaweed?

Hi y'all,

I have only ever made sushi at home once in my life during university and it was at a party where I didn't buy any of the ingredients. I'd like to make some this week at home and I'm kinda stumped on what I should pick up. I mean, I have a general idea of the core things I need, but unsure of brands.

Recommend any favorites/greats you've tried before? Preferably suggest stuff I can pick up at a T&T for ease of discussion. I'm not looking to make the world's most amazing sushi at home right now. Maybe later.

RICE: Haven't picked it up yet, I think I know I have to get Japanese rice (they're short grain?) but have no affinity or knowledge of any particular brand.
RICE VINEGAR: I stood in the vinegar aisle in T&T forever until I just decided on a whim to pick any damn ol' rice vinegar (I picked one in particular that said "sushi vinegar").
SEAWEED: Need some real suggestions on this one!
WASABI: I went with just some ol' paste in a tube. Far from fancy, obvs.
OTHER STUFF: What's some good stuff to put in sushi? I'm thinking sashimi grade salmon, avocado, oshinko, cucumbers, pumpkin/yam/squash if I can swing it...
EQUIPMENT: I have a rice cooker and a sushi rolling mat.

Am I missing anything? Am I going to fail miserably at this venture? Who knows. Suggest away! Thanks!

Sep 14, 2011
dreamoo in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to find cheap Benriner mandoline in Vancouver?

Ooh. I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks for the update!

Sep 14, 2011
dreamoo in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

La Taqueria - 2nd location - Broadway & Cambie!

That is so close to my office - I can't wait! Now, if only I could convince my coworkers to like tacos...

Jun 21, 2011
dreamoo in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)