where to find sushi ingredients in philadelphia?
I want to try my hand at making sushi, and don't know where to get the right rice, the nori, rice vinegar, etc. Not to mention fish that I can trust. Where can I get what In need?
You should be able to find rice, nori, and rice vinegar at Whole Foods. But, if you're in Center City, you might try one of the asian markets (6th and Washington, 4th and Spring Garden) for those items plus a bamboo rolling mat, if you'd like. For fish, though, I don't know that I'd recommend either of the asian markets, I'd go with Johnny Yi at the Reading Terminal Market. Go with what looks and smells fresh!
The H-Mart in Elkins Park carries sashimi grade fish (I would never use anything else for raw preparations), primarily tuna, salmon, "white" tuna (which is actually escolar) along with nori, rice, vinegar, pickled ginger, wasabi and rolling mats.
Also if you enjoy barbecued eel you can get a pretty good version frozen at the fish store in the RTM that is between the Thai place and down home diner (I have also gotten fresh fish for sushi there when I cant get to Ippolitos - but DO ASK!)