If you are making sushi at home, these are all things that will make doing so easier. If you are going the traditional route and not using a kit to help you, these items are your friends, you’ll really find them helpful. Even if you are using a kit to help you make sushi, some of these items will still be useful to you if you want to get your sushi just right.
Let’s start from the beginning:
A good chopping board– You’ll be doing lots of precise slicing so you need a good surface to work on.
Sushi Knives– These knives are designed to cut in a very precise way. Think about your Nigiri, the slice of fish (or other topping) is sliced very thinly. Same with Sashimi, those individual slices of fish are thin and have very clean edges. Using a sushi knife will make cutting your ingredients much easier and much tidier.
Rice Cooker– Using a rice cooker is the best way to get perfect sticky sushi rice every time, it does all the hard work for you. No need to keep track of time or be unsure if you’ve added the right amount of water, a rice cooker will do the job for you.
Tamago Pan (Japanese egg Pan)– Tamago is Japanese for egg, Tamagoyaki means fried egg and Atsuyaki Tamago means thick fried egg. These thick fried eggs are perfect for Nigiri toppings or fillings for hand rolls or Maki. Why use a Tamago pan instead of a frying pan? Well for starters its rectangular so you get straight edges that makes it easier to cut into Nigiri toppings. It also means that you get a thick omelette without needing to use extra eggs that a regular frying pan would require. If you’re going to be making Japanese omelettes to include as sushi toppings and fillings, these pans make it easy.
Rice Paddles– These are for fluffing up the rice after its cooked and left to stand for a while. You wouldn’t use a metal utensil or one with holes because they can damage the rice grain, a rice paddle is perfect for getting your rice fluffed up without breaking the grains. Perfect rice equals perfect sushi, if you get the rice wrong it’s back to square one.
Hangiri Bowl– This is the traditional and best way to cool and season your sushi rice. You don’t have to use one of these but if not, how are you going to cool your rice? A regular bowl isn’t going to cool the rice properly and as we know, if the rice isn’t prepared properly, your sushi isn’t going to turn out good. If you are going to the trouble of making sushi, you may as well use the right tools for the job. You’ll be an expert in no time!
Geta Trays (Sushi Serving Trays)– This is part of the equipment that isn’t going to help you out making perfect sushi, it won’t help you at all! What it will do though, is put all your hard work onto a beautiful serving setting that looks amazing. Don’t spend all that time putting effort into your sushi making and then serve it on a plate. Sushi is the most beautiful food, it deserves to be presented in an equally beautiful manner.
Temaki or Hand Roll Holders– This won’t help you make your sushi either but it will help to keep your hand rolls nice and neat. Once you’ve made your hand roll simply pop into the holder so that none of the ingredients spill out. This is a lovely way to serve this type of sushi.