California Roll has became the iconic Sushi item in US and rest of the world. As far as I know (based on the restaurants I worked for,) it is the most popular item on the menu. Even at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, it is the most visible sushi item.
So, who invented California Roll and how did it become so popular?
The story I heard (and was telling people) was that one day, a sushi chef at sushi bar in Los Angeles (little Tokyo) was asked the special of the d
Do you know what wasabi is? Have you ever tasted real wasabi? Did you know it's likely that what you think wasabi is not really wasabi?
Wasabi is a root vegetable. In English it is called "horseradish" and is different from the horseradish you put on your roast beef.
Wasabi is commonly called Japanese Horseradish, and is different from horseradish spices.
What is typically served at sushi bars in US is a combination of (western) horseradish, mustard and green food c
(Funa•Zushi, preserved fermented fish sushi) Originally developed in Southeast Asia as a way to preserve fish in salt and rice, the original form of what we now call sushi was introduced to Japan in China around the 8th century. The first sighting of sushi appeared in the book in 718. Thought called sushi, it was far different from the one we see at the restaurant.
The fish was marinated in salt and rice for a few months. After fragmentation, only fish was consumed, and
Maguro/Tuna is undeniably the most popular sushi item in the world, while many say that Toro/Tuna Belly is the King of sushi.
The highly prized toro also comes with high price - $50/lbs. to $100/lbs. at a fish market, which makes one piece of sushi anywhere from $10 - $30 easily at a reputable sushi bar.
Despite it's popularity, tuna was not widely consumed in Japan until Edo period (1603-).
Two main reasons being: Tuna used to be called "Shibi" in Japanese. It has the
(woodprint by Hiroshige Utagawa, 1837「東都名所 高輪 甘六夜待遊興之図」) In the beginning, it was a street fast food served at a sushi stand, just like hot dog stand. We see the remaining of the original stand as a sushi bar at sushi restaurants.
This woodprint by Hiroshige Utagawa shows the scene from busy Edo(Tokyo) street in 1837, sushi stand/kiosk pictured on the right side where the sign says "寿し".
The style of sushi as we know is said to be popularized by Hanaya Yohei in Edo (old
(Sushi rice for nigiri is called "Shari Dama" meaning sushi rice ball) What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Sushi"?
Would it be a California Roll with crab, avocado or Unagi/Fresh Water Eel Nigiri with sweet Eel Sauce? If that was the case, then, you are only half correct.
The word “sushi” refers to vinegared "Sushi Rice," not rolls, not nigiri, not even fish on top of rice. (nor Sashimi, slice of fish for that matter.)
The word sushi is said to come from the
(Photo from Ezu Restaurant) It is true that the majority of sushi is fish - tuna, crab, salmon, shrimp, yellowtail and fresh water eel. However, there are plenty of non-fish sushi out there event a vegetarian person can have a complete meal without ever eating one fish sushi.
Here is a list of non-fish sushi.
Traditional Japanese Non-Fish Sushi Kappa - Cucumber roll. Japanese maki standard. Refreshing, so it's good to eat between fish nigiri to cleanse your palate.
The word "Sashimi" written in Japanese as ”刺身” literary means "Sliced Meat." Fish Sashimi is the most popular type of Sashimi, however, there are some vegetables and meat (beef, poultry) Sashimi in Japan. Many people around the world consume "raw meat" including Eskimos (Whale) and Native Americans (Buffalo). The question is "When and where did humans start eating raw meat?" Some Japanese archaeologists believe they were eating raw fish during Jomon Period (14,000 BC–300 BC).
No one dies from eating Fugu.
Contrary to popular myth, eating fugu does not automatically mean death sentence like Homer Simpson experienced in the famous Simpson’s Fugu episode.
I suppose this is very similar to the one of shark - that every shark in the ocean will attack and eat any human beings - the myth thanks to the movies as Jaws and many overly- hyped documentaries, which tend to focus only on their "agressive" feeding behavior. Continue reading here. #100Surpris