One of my favorite foods is sushi and what is better than making it in your own home. Yesterday we were at Chelsea market and went over to The Lobster Place. This fish market is unreal! The amount of shellfish that greets you when you walk in will always put a smile on my face. The shellfish bar is like being in heaven. You can try any type of oyster, clam, etc that you want and there is no minimum order. They shuck everything right there in front of you and you can enjoy the freshness.
Making your way around the market you will see a plethora of fresh fish to chose from, including sushi grade fish. They also have a sushi station and a place to order sandwiches and cooked food. We got a little more than half of a pound of yellow tail ($28), half of a pound of tuna ($12), and one third of a pound of fluke ($7). Including the sushi rice, seaweed, ginger, wasabi, cucumber, rolling mat, flavored sushi rice vinegar, soy sauce, avocado, salad and sesame seeds, we spent less than $70. This was enough food for about 3-4 people for dinner.
To make the sushi rice, follow normal cooking instructions for 2 cups of dry sushi rice. While rice is cooking, in a small sauce pan, dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon kosher salt in 2 tablespoons of sushi rice vinegar. When the rice is done cooking allow to cool until it is able to be handled. Add the vinegar sugar mixture and stir. Allow to settle and firm up before working with it.
Slice the sushi into thick pieces for sashimi or sushi and in longer strips for the rolls. Julianne the cucumber and slice the avocado. Now it is time to start making those rolls.
Cover your sushi mat in saran wrap and lay half of a sheet of seaweed on top of it. Cover with the sushi rice, which should be firmly flattened and spread across the entirety of the sheet. Now the hardest part, deciding if you want the sushi rice on the inside or purposes of the roll. Once you make the decision, put whichever side you want on the outside face down on the mat. Add your fixings, and roll it up! Slice the roll in half then in half again and finally in half one more time.
This was so much fun to do, especially since sushi is one of my favorite things for dinner! Also, the amount of food we had for only $70 was amazing and definitely saved us an expensive bill at a top Japanese restaurant.
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