Maki sushi is the most common type of sushi enjoyed by people all across the world. Unlike sashimi or nigiri, maki sushi can be made with a wide range of ingredients, which do not have to necessarily include fish. Because of this, maki sushi is suitable for vegetarians or those who are hesitant to try raw fish the first time they eat sushi.
Maki sushi is also an excellent way to be introduced to raw fish for the first time. As maki sushi can mask the appearance of the fish, it is much easier for people new to sushi overcome their initial fears of sushi. This form of sushi is often the first tried and best loved.
If you wish to make your own maki sushi, there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind. First, high quality sushi is made with high quality ingredients. If the base ingredients are not the best quality, you may end up with ume quality sushi. Ume, or the lowest quality sushi, is the style of sushi typically found in quick stands and grocery stores. The higher the quality the ingredients used, the higher the quality of the sushi. However, high quality ingredients aren't the only thing needed to make high quality sushi. In order for maki sushi to be of the highest quality, the chef who has prepared it must also be skilled. When you first start making sushi, expect your first few attempts to be ume. It can take many tries to get the sushi rice correct as well as obtaining the perfect balance of ingredients. In addition to the flavor, sushi must also look appealing. These aspects combined together can take years to master.
If you are planning to make your own maki sushi, you will want to purchase a sushi set as well as pots and dishes designed specifically for making sushi. This will assist you in making and presenting sushi. As the preparation of maki sushi is an art in its own right, being able to use the proper dishes that maki sushi is served on will allow you to grasp the visual aspects of making sushi.
Maki sushi is typically served after a course of sashimi, which is thinly sliced, raw fish. The sashimi dish may be followed by nigiri, which is pieces of fish or prawn served on a bed of rice. Courses of sushi are typically broken apart with servings of pickled ginger to clean the palate and allow you to enjoy the taste of each individual sushi roll.