If you are a fan of sushi, investing in sushi sets are the perfect way for you to be able to host traditional sushi parties. By purchasing sushi sets, you will be able to give you and your guests all of the tools that are needed to enjoy sushi as it is intended by the chef.
There are several components to standard sushi sets. First, there are the sushi plates. These are small plates designed for several pieces of sushi. In addition to this, there is a shallow dish for your soy sauce and wasabi. The plate and dish are your two primary pieces. However, there is also a small chopstick rest. The chopstick rest is designed to keep your chopsticks out of the way without being rested fully on the table.
Finally, there is a central plate for sushi sets. This large plate is designed to show off the sushi prior to being selected by someone to eat. This display plate is much larger than the individual plates. Depending on the quality of the plate, there may be sections in the plate to separate the different types of sushi, as well as provide a place for wasabi and pickled ginger. Depending on how much you wish to spend on your sushi sets, the set may or may not include the larger plate.
Sushi sets can be made from a variety of different materials. The more expensive the sushi sets, the better the quality of materials. Sushi sets can be made from plastic, metal, porcelain or stoneware. The higher the quality the set, the more likely glazing in Japanese styles will be present.
The most expensive sushi sets are antiques imported from Japan. These sets may be made of bamboo, carved from other woods, and are almost always glazed in fine lacquer. However, due to their age and value, these can be very hard to acquire. In many cases, the most valuable sushi sets are from before the creation of modern sushi, where it was made of fermented fish and rice rather than the modern selections known today. The oldest modern sushi sets are from the Edo period, invented by Hanaya Yohei. The predescesor of modern sushi, only found in the Lake Biwa region now, was created in the Muromachi period of Japanese history. These ancient sets were were presented in bowls, with only the fish being consumed and the rice being discarded.