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Conquering how to roll your own sushi is difficult and can discourage many. But you should take a positive outlook before you start.

Deep breathes!

You can find an easy step-by-step book to show you how in a local Asian grocery store or online. A common site to find a sushi kit is Amazon. The kit includes all the non-perishable ingredients needed to make sushi. Below is a picture of the one I bought.

Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit

To make maki with fish or nigiri you will need to purchase fresh sushi grade fish. You can find this and other sushi items at a specialty store.

There are a number of Asian groceries in the Valley. Some include:

Super L Ranch Market
668 N 44th St # 188
Phoenix, AZ 85008-6578
(602) 225-2288

House of Rice Store
3221 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

New Tokyo Food Market
3435 W Northern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051
(602) 841-0255

Fujiya Market
1335 W University Dr Ste 5
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-1890

Kholer Created gives a very detailed step-by-step sushi rolling process with pictures! If you dare to roll your own maki you should definitly check out their site.

I attempted to make my own maki. I visited Super L Ranch Market and bought salmon and tuna sashimi and cooked ebi (shrimp). I also picked up some green tea ice cream because I always crave ice cream after sushi! Another delicious flavor is red bean. Do not be turned off by the name it tastes like a rasberry sorbet! And the green tea and red bean ice cream together is an amazing mix! A little bit of heaven to finish off a succesful meal.

I made several makis and you can roll several ways. I tried rolling with the nori outside and also with the nori inside the rice. My favorite was the salmon and tuna together with a dab of spicy mayo on top. I also made spicy tuna, spicy tuna with ebi on top and a vegetarian roll which included carrots and cucumbers. Surprisingly the maki was not that bad. Considering it was my first time attempting to roll my own sushi I assumed I would make a few mistakes.

Process of making maki

I’ll definitely be making my own sushi again, there’s tons of room to improve! I’ve researched new tips like rolling the maki in plastic when cutting it so it does not fall apart and using less rice. Next time I think I’ll try something daring like adding items I usually don’t order in my rolls.

Sushi Maki

Visit maki recipes for some ideas.


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A lot of people turn their heads and make a sour face when they hear “sushi” but through this blog I want to show readers that new explorations, while intimidating, are worth while!

First off, my love for sushi began a couple of years ago. To be honest, I was petrified of the weird and different textured thing that my mother and younger sister ate constantly, but when i was forced against my will to try, I fell in love.

This blog will cover health facts and sushi, restaurant reviews, facts, personal experiences, and tutorials. I hope to change minds, enlighten, and learn more about sushi.

Now to the fun stuff!

On Tuesday night to celebrate and kick off the blog I dined at Sushi Roku in Scottsdale, AZ. It was phenomenal to say the least.The staff worked in unison, there was a perfect amount of time in between each course and our waiter, Ron, was more than pleasant taking the time to give us his recommendations and explain different items on the menu. They also prepared special request maki roll that I normally order back home!

Chef at Sushi Roku entertains guests by joking around with peace signs as he creates an edible masterpiece

I learned at Sushi Roku that there are three ways to order sushi other than the most commmonly know: Nigiri, Sashimi and Maki. The three other ways are Chirashi, Inari, and Temaki

I was also pleased to hear that Sushi Roku receives shipments daily with their sushi grade fish. They get their shipments from Los Angeles, CA and customers who have visited both restaurants in California and Arizona say that the fish in Scottsdale tastes fresher than in California!

Ron mentioned that their inventory is based upon demand and also seasonal items such as oysters. Sushi Roku also offers meals on the menu that are not sushi related, which is enjoyable for guests who have sushi lovers and those who are weary to try.

The atmosphere was upbeat yet relaxing as modern, hip, soft techno music played. It was definitely a pleasant experience and surprise especially from a chain restaurant. It’s nice to know that each restaurant keeps up to par with the standards the first chain started.

Sushi Roku is on the pricey side. I’d give it about $$$ out of $$$$$. If you’re looking for a new place to try or something different Sushi Roku is more than worth it.

A more detailed review with pictures of Sushi Roku is located under Restaurant Reviews.

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