Sushi is one of the most interesting dishes to make at home—but without practice, it’s not easy. It involves careful planning when it comes to the quality and consistency of the rice, and of course, the ingredients matter. There’s also a lot of different ways you can roll sushi once you’ve gotten everything down, so it helps to have a hefty almanac to look to every now and then.
Sooshi is a new app that facilitates pretty much every facet of the sushi world through its five central tenets—sushi, utensils, fish, ingredients, and restaurants. The first thing that must be said about Sooshi is the superb presentation. You’ll scroll through the aforementioned categories with ease, as each of them is completely focused on the current window, one at a time.
Each home screen has a really cool visual effect—they actually move when you tilt your phone by way of the accelerometer, giving it a 3D feel, which adds to the overall look of the app itself. All of the pictures are also incredibly crisp, clear, and stylish, often employing lavish looks like a drop of soy sauce in motion. In terms of content, pretty much every type of sushi is accounted for under the main category, including maki, ngiri, and gunkanmaki.
For each type there are at least 10 subcategories, with ingredient listings and a “how-to” tutorial. For instance, Sooshi lets you know that in order to make oshinko maki, you need nori, a radish, rice, and wasabi. It explains step by step how to roll maki, and explains all the ingredients if you’re out of the loop.
But there’s a whole lot more to the preparation aspect, which is explained in the utensils section that lays out everything you’ll need for specific types of sushi, such as a bamboo mat, a fish knife, and a skimmer. For those of you who are a bit squeamish in terms of raw fish, the “fish” section does a great job explaining exactly what it is you’re eating, and where it generally comes from.
I especially liked this section as it was easy to show friends who don’t particularly like sushi, to quell their fears a bit.Finally, the restaurant section searches nearby areas for sushi restaurants. It’s not really a unique or vital feature by any means as there’s a thousand other apps that do the same thing, but it’s nice to have it integrated nonetheless.
If you’re at all interested in the art of sushi, Sooshi would be a great place to start. It’s easy to read and easy on the eyes, which is perfect for newcomers. You also don’t need to be afraid if you’re not a fan of raw fish, as not all sushi contains raw ingredients—so dig in!
Sooshi is an iOS app, available for $1.99 in the iOS App Store.