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Feb 2, 2011

Sushi Date

Happy February- the month of LooooVE! If you're looking for something unique and romantical to do with your valentine then I have an idea for you - a DIY sushi date! Duncan and I did this a while back and it was so much fun as well as delicious!
Start your date out with a trip to a Japanese market to pick up what you need. We went to Uwajimaya in the International District here in Seattle.Seattle International DistrictThey have anything and everything you may need from fish to flatware! We're big Maguro (the red colored tuna, pronounced mah-goo-roh) fans so we started there. There's usually an entire section of sushi grade options in Japanese market so find that and you'll be set. Here's a handy little diagram of what else you may want to pick up (click to enlarge):
DIY Sushi Dinner
1) Sake! I love sparkling sake best
2) Sushi set for two (plates, bowls, and soy sauce dishes)
3) Sushi rice - making the rice just right so it's perfectly sticky is tough so I suggest buying it at the market so cooked and ready to go
4) Soy sauce - a cute soy sauce pitcher is quite versatile and can be used for all sorts of sauces (totally worth buying)
5) Seaweed salad - great on its own or in your sushi rolls
6) Bamboo sushi mat - you'll need this if you want to make actual rolls vs hand rolls
7) Sesame seeds help make your rolls look fancy
8) Chopsticks
9) Maguro - a nice, versatile, delish option
10) Spicy tuna - chop up some maguro and stir in sriracha as spicy as you like it
11) Seaweed - these come in large squares we cut ours into smaller pieces since we just made hand rolls
12) Wasabi
13) Pickled ginger - find it with the rest of the sushi grocery supplies. So yummy!

We laid out a blanket in our living room and set up everything on a big serving tray in front of the fire. It made for a very memorable and romantic evening of fun!Sushi by the fire
Purchasing tips:
Daiso is a great place to get the non edible items for very affordable prices (sake sets, dishes, etc, etc). If you're in San Francisco I'd also suggest Kamei Restaurant Supply on Clement street in the Inner Richmond. Get your dish needs filled there and then head to Japantown for your food supplies.
Hope you'll try this out sometime soon and it's Totemo oishii (very delicious)!Pin It

1 comment:

katie jean said...

I love this! Your descriptive picture is the best :) We make sushi for New Year's Eve. This was the first year we actually shared it with our kids. They love the tempura!