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where to find sushi ingredients in philadelphia?

fkd215 Jan 17, 2011 07:14 AM


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?


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    urbanfabric RE: fkd215 Jan 17, 2011 08:20 AM

    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!

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      barryg RE: urbanfabric Jan 17, 2011 12:11 PM

      Yes, WF is probably 2-4x the price on those kinds of items. Fish is also very good at Ippolito's and Anastasi's in South Philly. Tell them you are making sushi, and they'll hook you up.

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        Philly Ray RE: barryg Jan 17, 2011 01:13 PM

        I have even seen nori sheets at Ippolito's.

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          barryg RE: Philly Ray Jan 17, 2011 02:11 PM

          I meant nori, vinegar, etc., at the Asian grocers. Ippolito's for the fish.

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          sockii RE: barryg Jan 19, 2011 02:27 PM

          Definitely tell whichever fishmonger you go to that you are planning on making sushi. They will steer you in the right direction - or at least they should, as far as what is the freshest and best quality. Smell it and get a good look before buying.

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        hoffam RE: fkd215 Jan 19, 2011 11:51 AM

        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.

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          Bigley9 RE: fkd215 Jan 20, 2011 09:31 AM

          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!)

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