Amazon Fine Food Reviews


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504781504781B000H241DSA3BF6SQUIY6BNIJohn F. Phillips "Dad, Grandad, coach, swimme...5531294790400ok kit, some components not so goodI would buy this again, with a caveat. Some of the parts of this kit were of poor quality. The Nori, seaweed for rolling, was of poor quality, brittle and broken and unusable. The instructions are adequate. The kit includes everything and is a good place to start. If it were not for a few poor quality parts, I would give it a 5 star. Use Saran wrap on your roller and life will be easier. Following instructions for rice came close to burning rice instructions not fully complete, limp recipes. I wanted something all in one to start out, and this provided it, found out some of the components were of poor or mediocre quality.
504782504782B000H241DSAZR1B41II0E1OSuzanne "Suzanne"91151171584000Everything you needThis is a great set with all of the ingredients needed to make sushi, besides the fresh items. The items in the kit are good for multiple sushi making sessions. The only improvement would be to include more Nori, as there was only enough to make sushi for four one time. The kit comes with a recipe book which has clear directions and many sushi ideas. I would definately buy this kit again.
504783504783B000H241DSA3H3SG8XIXVKXZScience Aardvark3331340841600Less than the sum of its partsThis is a basic kit that may be of use to a beginner living in the sushi wilderness--away from large cities with Asian stores or even supermarkets that regularly carry Asian cooking ingredients. But if you have access to such locally, this kit is a waste of money. The most functional part of the kit is the "sushi mat", which is a collection of bamboo "straws" lined up and tied together to provide a rollable surface to make maki rolls. The rice spatula is a useful device, but the two of these together should cost about $2, although some supermarkets charge up to $5-7 for the privilege. The rest of the items--mainly food ingredients--are low quality and preservative laden. For half the price of the kit, one could pick up a tube of prepared wasabi (doesn't last as long as the powder but is usually more potent and easier to deal with) or a small can of powder (both about $3 each), a bottle of basic Kikkoman soy sauce (far higher quality even in the basic supermarket variety--will set you back between $2 and $4, depending on location and promotions). A pack of nori sheets will set you back another $5-6, unless you only shop at Whole Foods. The most expensive item might be the rice vinegar--pretty much any Japanese or pseudo-Japanese brand will do (Nakano [same as Mizkan], Mitsukan, and Marukan are the most common). With soy sauce and with vinegar, it's important to get the Japanese, not the Chinese varieties, as the flavors and concentrations will differ. The vinegar should always be unseasoned--then follow almost any internet recipe for seasoning sushi rice. Seasoned vinegars tend to be overflavored (salt, sugar) and are generally less desirable, although they will do in a pinch. Ideally, you should have a bottle of mirin (usually billed as "rice wine") on hand, but can either skip it entirely and add a touch more vinegar or use dry sherry in small quantities. The packaged pickled ginger (gari), including the one in the kit, is often an overly sour, cough-syrup-tasting mess. Unless you are going to make your own, you might as well skip it entirely. The enclosed rice is short grain, but not a high-quality sushi variety. You can just as well do with commercial short-grain rice (avoid long-grain or perfumed rice, such as basmati or jasmine). If you can get a hold of one of the Japanese brands (all grown in California!), so much the better.

Aside from preparing the rice, you really don't need a cookbook and paying about $20 extra for it is really not a worthwhile exercise. The beauty of sushi is that you can pick and choose the ingredients that go in as "stuffing". If you don't like raw fish, there are plenty of raw vegetables and cooked ingredients that you can find. If raw fish is your bag, be careful where you buy it and how you store it--some regulations require sushi-grade fish to be deep-frozen once, then thawed properly before sale. If this is not done properly, the flesh will be off-color, watery and fibrous, as if after a freezer-burn. Supermarket grade raw salmon is not a good substitute either, as it is not handled with proper standards of cleanliness for sushi-grade fish. Avoid lake fish, as they often contain parasites (killed in proper cooking). When out of options, you can always use smoked salmon from a supermarket, other kinds of smoked fish or imitation crab flakes. The best option may be a lightly seared tuna steak, but these are very expensive. Fresh-caught saltwater fish is usually OK. Vegetables can be raw or cooked, but they should be cut into 1/4" strips for use in maki rolls (or sliced diagonally for nigiri). Assembly is simple--for nigiri, just make an oblong rice "ball" from seasoned rice assemble all the "toppings" in reverse order on one hand, pick up the rice ball with the other, then join them together and lightly crimp the toppings on top of the rice. You can use a small dollop of wasabi as a binder, placing it on top of the rice ball before attaching the toppings. If maki assembly instructions don't come with your sushi mat, all you need to know is that the layer of rice should be about 1/4" thick and the "toppings" or "stuffing" go across the mat, closer to the edge from which you start rolling. Also, leave about 1/2" of nori uncovered, so that you can seal the edge once the maki is rolled up. It is quite common to line the sushi mat with two layers of plastic wrap (on both sides!) to simplify the process (and, in some cases, to satisfy sanitary regulations--not applicable at home). Other than the amount, there are really no limits on toppings, as long as they are not liquid.

Bottom line is that the kit is serviceable, but with middling or low quality ingredients. It will do in a pinch, but is overpriced and somewhat overhyped. Don't expect to come up with sushi-bar-quality rolls from it, but if you're a novice, this makes for a good introduction.
504784504784B000H241DSA62QT2VBNB1P3Eric Thompson3341272672000something to considerFirst things first, this is a great kit. My girlfriend and I love sushi and love to try new cooking. So I thought that this would be a great idea. And it was. We had so much fun creating our own rolls with ease, and produced a very edible california roll on our first attempt. The only thing I would recomend is take where you live into consideration. We live in a small town where there is no asian food markets(within two to three hours) and where we get our fish is from the local Albertsons. Granted, we bought a tuna steak, that the butcher told me was sushi grade, and it turned out really good for cheap, but the other sushi grade fish that I would like to have is not available, such as eel or soft shelled crab or any type of fish eggs.

In short on our first sushi night we created two cali rolls, a spicy tuna, our own twist on a philly roll, and a makeshift tempura roll. All with the kit and some items from the store. And all were really good. But my favorites arent do-able, like unagi or a rainbow roll or anything with masago because of where we live. So just think about it.

But great gift idea for cheap, or for a relationship date night item. We had so much fun
504785504785B000H241DSA2TL00TRU04G92Damien Kelly "Turris Fortis mihi Deus - Clan ...5651236038400Wonderful kitGot this just a week ago so I could send hubby with better lunches for work. I love the kit. Everything in it is delicious.

I have only one gripe. The method for making sushi rice with a pan. Skip it. Just bring the water to a boil and then turn it down to medium low and watch it. I am looking for brown rice to use for this(I know its supposed to be a no-no but they had to use something like it when they first started making sushi- white rice being a recent thing) but can't find any fat rice.

Good luck if you buy. it takes a little getting used to and yes.. buy more Nori sheets. It runs out quick.
504786504786B000H241DSA3AFDLX8WJA917Blues 'n BBQ5621293494400Not a good startWhatever you do, don't follow their instructions for steaming rice. You will end up with a burnt pot of crap. Secondly, there isn't enough rice in the package for a second try. Go buy some short grain rice and follow the package instructions for cooking/steaming rice. Then go back to the Sushi Chef instructions for cooling/seasoning the rice. Good thing I spent all that time preparing ingredients for making sushi while the rice was burning. Now I have to go out for more rice.
504787504787B000H241DSA1XNQKG6D3LVT8teenaa82 "teenaa82"5651234656000great gift for your sushi chefi purchased this set as a gift for someone with little sushi making experience. i did read the product description but was still surprised by how many items came in the package. it came with everything you need minus the fresh fish and veggies. it was put to use at our superbowl party and there was plenty sushi to go around. i was very impressed and the recipient loved it. i would recommend it and would buy it again. sushi chef is awesome.
504788504788B000H241DSA2BXMHV2B0QRCMK. Robertson2241311120000A good introduction to sushi!Despite my niece telling me that what we make with this kit would "never taste like restaurant sushi," we had tremendous fun and made some absolutely delicious California rolls, according to my whole family! Sushi-making is not for the faint of heart...or those who have a short attention span....as it takes some reading and study to make the rice (cook over this heat, lower to this heat, let sit for xxx minutes, cool quickly by fanning for xx minutes, etc.) properly. It is also labor-intensive to prepare all the fillings if you want a variety of rolls (we had shrimp, lobster product, crab product, salmon, and even homemade chicken salad). But in the long run, we had such fun and were so proud of the finished rolls displayed on the plates with the side of ginger that it was most definitely worth it.

One tip: make sure you have a really, really sharp knife, and that you clean it with a wet cloth between slices--you'll be glad you did!

I have some criticism of the book which could be more organized, explain steps much better, and, in fact, it would be wonderful if the kit included a CD of how to make the different types of sushi, since it is somewhat complicated. For this reasonm, I would definitely recommend that a beginner find a video on YouTube that shows how the make sushi--very helpful.

One other criticism is that I think the kit should include more than just 10 sheets of nori. Half the bag of sushi rice was just about right for making 10 california rolls, so now I have another half bag rice left (and of course plenty of ginger and the condiments).
504789504789B000H241DSA2FXD57YQVF2EZUriel2251278374400Simple SushiI've never made sushi before, but I've always loved it and really wanted to give it a go. After purchasing this item, my wife and I put on a little get together with a bunch of our friends. The hardest part is making the rice which took a little over 2 hours to be ready. Making the rolls turned out to be a lot easier then anticipated, though you definitely want to try and cover your bamboo roller in clear wrap or something similar to avoid complications. The little book that came along with the set does explain quite a bit of what you'll want to do when preparing your ingredients and how to pay attention to detail. I actually went on Youtube and they have some videos showing you how to make the same rolls from the Sushi Chef Kit which was a real life saver. Everything turned out great and our guest's left happy.
504790504790B000H241DSA1G5XNNGACY9X7P. Reynolds2251251849600Nice way to get introduced to the art of sushi makingI bought this at a reduced price because I have always wanted to make sushi the right way yet never got around to getting a kit. Everything is included in this (except the main ingredients of course) and it is easy to get started. Although the book may be hard to follow in some places, it is overall a good guide. The included ingredients (rice, soy sauce, ginger, etc.) are all top quality though I would have preferred something a bit more natural. When these run out I will try looking elsewhere for the same quality but maybe also organic. A really great gift for someone who loves sushi but hasn't made any themselves.
504791504791B000H241DSA1V3TRGWOMA8LCJames Beswick "In my day, we had 9 planets."2251245283200Excellent pack for the priceEverything's in the box, including a brief sushi cookbook, the rolling mats, and many of the basic ingredients that are difficult to find in supermarkets. The book could definitely be better, but for $23.00 on the Amazon Gold Box email this represents excellent value for everything that's included.

We bought a separate sushi book which elaborates on techniques more fully, and we're happily getting into making our own sushi. I'm sure this in no way prepares you to become a professional sushi chef, but there's definitely some satisfaction in preparing this type of cuisine if you've never made it before.
504792504792B000H241DSA36H4YFWAGH8ZUwinohoff1121326326400not worth the money disappointeddidn't live up to my expectation.as others have said can go and purchase same items at a cheaper price.very disappointed
504793504793B000H241DSA26KIN6LSNH840R. Huffer1151323907200Great fun and excellent for a PartyBought this over a year ago and we love using this, especially to host sushi making parties. It is a lot of fun to have people over and use this kit, plus fresh ingredients from the market to create our own home-made sushi creations. This also makes a great gift for any fan of sushi, even if they are at best an amateur cook.
504794504794B000H241DSA3NIMVZUMOGTRDHallie Sears "Hallie"1151252368000Great Sushi Kit for Beginners and Experts!I have been buying sushi fixings for several years, and this kit gives you everything you need at a terrific price. If you're planning a sushi dinner party, this kit is just as good as the items in your your local Japanese store (and at a very comparable price).
504795504795B000H241DSA27PBW2K72YUZGErin G.3411325548800Not what I was expectingI recieved this product as a gift for a friend. When he opened it we found that there was mold present. Not a fan and very disappointing.
504796504796B000H241DSA2BCF30ZT519RFFlorence McPartland2351238025600Fun & EasyThis product was very fun & easy to use. I got it for my boyfriend for his birthday and he loves it. The first time he made the rice, it came out perfectly. The directions are very clear and everything included is useful. Just make sure you have a very sharp knife!
504797504797B000H241DSA1ZEPRI0MIDNX7Frances T. Weimer2351236816000excellentThis was a gift for my daughter on her birthday. We all loved it and enjoyed how well the sushi turned out.
504798504798B000H241DSA25ZL7BE9VLK1CClassicaloa0051348617600Satisfied!!I love experimenting and sushi was the next on my list.. This product made it so easy! I would definitely recommend this Sushi Kit to my family and friends.
504799504799B000H241DSA1C6GZKSJHOXZVMrs. Phun0051348272000Must-have for the beginnerThis is the set that got us started on our own sushi roll making adventures! I love having the package together to get me started, as the oriental grocery stores in the nearby city can be a little daunting. Buy this to begin your sushi making along with this book Sushi For Dummies. You'll probably want the physical book because you'll want to have it on hand when actually ROLLING the sushi and your fingers will be so dirty, you won't want to mess up your kindle.
504800504800B000H241DSA8AWEIWM4O2JITonni Brill0041346889600Good kitNice kit with everything you need to start making sushi except the veggies and fish. Of course you could just go out and buy all of this at the store. No issues with freshness of the products.
504801504801B000H241DSA2J9AP2748725Ect4now0051345075200great giftwe have had a few small "sushi-making" parties at the house since getting this kit and have really enjoyed it. the kids even like it because we can make them rolls with what they like inside. we have a kid who doesnt eat seafood but really likes a roll with deli roast beef, a scallion and some sharp cheddar. we roll it with rice and he dunks it in a little worcestershire sauce.
i definitely recommend this kit. great starter set...
504802504802B000H241DSA1UYHBYGZMU7LMInverseThunder0051344470400Sushi ChefExcellent product, detailed instructions on how to prepare the rice. Has a few recipes for rolls, would have liked a few more, but that's what the internet is for. Was very nice having everything right out of the box. I would suggest using a zip-lock bag or plastic wrap for the rolling mat if you wish to preserve it for future use. The sushi I made turned out pretty amazing, all on my first try.

I would suggest this product to anyone who is interested in this hobby.
504803504803B000H241DSA58J0LEX52YSJSM921090041343606400Great sushi setBought as a gift for my mom. She loves it and brings it over whenever we do sushi even though we have our own set.
504804504804B000H241DSA1XSWYI2P7XY23Skeeter McPooncheese0031341187200Good kit for beginners, but poor food qualityThis had everything in it that we needed to make our own sushi rolls, but the quality of the food inside the kit (rice, ginger, wasabi, and seaweed) was pretty poor. The tools in it (rolling mat and spoon) and we enjoyed it. Wouldn't buy a second kit, but the first one was worth it.
504805504805B000H241DSA1T67YU5UR47J9DNic0041338249600Great Anniversary Gift!I purchased this as part of an anniversary gift for my husband. We haven't used it yet, but he was very excited to receive it and can't wait to use it! It was also delivered very quickly!
504806504806B000H241DSAWPEYMQNBMJSGPeculiarhead "Big McLargehuge"0031337040000basic kit, decent for beginners, but very baselineThis is a pretty basic kit, and fine for beginners, but the items aren't the best quality. Personally, I'd opt for something better at the same price from sushinut which is where I get my sushi grade fish anyway. Sushi kits are always better when some thought was put into it, this is just one brand's stuff, for better or worse, but I'd opt for better quality for myself and my friends.
504807504807B000H241DSA1ECJHFRQG75K4T0051330992000One of the best birthday gifts ever!Birthday presents for a 13 year old girl can be difficult. You can't buy them clothes, because they will probably hate them, the gadget they do want is way too expensive, and cash is just not personal enough. This gift was a life saver! For less than $50.00, it was a personal, "cool" gift that everyone was ecstatic about! Thank you Amazon for suggesting this! We love it :)
504808504808B000H241DSA1Y5UVPOZB1DJ1foambats0041330214400Perfect Starter KitGreat place for beginners to start. Has all the necessities. And great quality. Not flimsy like other kits out there, longer lasting products.
504809504809B000H241DSAVCWUC4CMDCPYSunethra Alahakone "grandma Annie"0051328918400Sushi Making for beginners!!I love Sushi and especially california rolls. Everytime I buy it,
I get upset for paying so much for it. So I decided, thats it time I try preparing it. Guess what?I enjoy making it! This kit comes with EVERYTHING you need to learn how to prepare it. If you master the rice preparation, then you got it made. I love the
little cook book. Its more like a instruction booklet. Its great.
Thats all you need really. I have made the california rolls two
weekends in a row. I will go on to sushi making, once I master this. I still need practice in rolling it, using the mat that came with the kit.
I highly recommend this Kit to those who are just beginning to learn how to prepare it. You will spend more, if you go looking for all the ingredients. This Kit has it all!!!And Guess what?Its sooooo much cheaper than in the restaurant!!
504810504810B000H241DSA23WZP6MAXCZ4Umary mingle0051327017600great giftMy daughter love's Sushi and menitoned she would like a kit for Christmas so she could make her own at home when the urge for Sushi struck her. I reviewed many online and thougt this was one that would be good for a beginner. She was thrilled and has since made some beautiful Sushi with the kit. This was a great value.

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