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Jun 30, 2007 08:45 AM

Where to get sushi ingrediants?

My mother just came back from san diego and i guess she went on her first sushi binge. I want to surprise her for her birthday by making her a medely of sushi. I live in the Methuen area but dont mind going to the Boston area.

Also if someone knows where to get fresh makerel it would be much appreciated.

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  1. Hi Dio di Romanese. I've found that the Kotobukiya Market at the Porter Sq Exchange is a great resource for sushi-making supplies. They always have nice cuts of sashimi-grade fish in their fresh-case, and if you get there early enough, there's a good variety. You can also find sashimi-grade fish at New Deal Seafood in Cambridge. I'd recommend checking out Super 88 as well, if only for the experience -- I always walk out of there with way more food than I have the time or appetite to take advantage of.

    I don't make sushi often, so probably some other hounds will have more incisive rec's, but these are certainly a good place to start. Good luck!

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    1. re: litchick

      In addition to Porter Exchange you can get a good deal on sushi making supplies (sticky rice, seaweed wrappers, etc) at the Asian market in Central Square. I've had good luck with the sushi grade tuni at Wholefoods.

      1. re: kittychow

        Yoshinoya closed, I drove by yesterday and it was shuttered with a 'For Lease' sign up. Too bad, IMO, but I don't live by there any more.

        Kotobukiya is very good, there's also a place down by No Name that I've read about on Chowhound that is supposed to have a very good fish selection for sushi, open on weekends.

        1. re: steinpilz

          That would be Sea to No Name...

          They have a good variety..but sometimes the fish is a little past peak...

          New Deal in Cambridge is very good.

          Or you could do what I do when I want fresh fish for sushi..:)..sorry I couldn't resist..

          1. re: 9lives

            Ok, I'm jealous! Great pics 9lives.

    2. quality will never be an issue at kotobukiya, but price might. i splurge there for raw fish (something you wouldn't want to mess with), but might buy staples such as rice, rice vinegar, nori, or wasabi someplace a bit more affordable such as reliable market (best bet, IMO) in union sq. or even super88 in allston (though many of their japanese ingredients seem to be a bit stale). happy sushi-ing!

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      1. re: ameria

        Ameria, that's a great point, thanks for pointing that out. I forgot about the pricing of their staple items. What you pay for, I suppose, is the convenience of not having to stop at multiple shops all over town. ;)