June 18, 2013

International Sushi Day

"I'm not making art, I'm making sushi." - Masaharu Morimoto

It's International Sushi Day!

Someone recently asked me how vegetarians eat sushi. The answer? With chopsticks like everyone else. Sarcasm aside, loads of places make veg-friendly options. There's avokyu (avocado and cucumber), oshinko (pickled radish), and inari (fried tofu). And they all rock. Today (I took the easy way out), I got red quinoa and brown rice avokyo sushi from Whole Foods. It's delicious and satiates my immediate cravings for the stuff (which I get often, actually)!

Sushi was originally created as a way to preserve fish. The raw fish was heavily salted then left to ferment for extended periods of time. The original roll of the rice so common to the rolls we eat today was to to help with the fermentation process and was thrown away afterwards. The word "sushi" actually refers to that rice which took on a vinegary and sour taste.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

The concept of sushi is so unique and distinct, that it's being executed in really fun and interesting ways now. For example, there's "candy sushi" - where the ingredients include sweets like Rice Krispies treats (which acts as the rice), Fruit Roll-Ups (mimicking the nori), and Twizzlers, Swedish Fish, M&M's, or whatever else you want as the filling. There's also "dessert sushi" - which deconstructs typical desserts into the sushi format; and "Thanksgiving sushi" (nori covered in mashed potatoes, then filled with leftover stuffing, turkey, and veg, rolled-up and topped with whole cranberry sauce which looks like caviar), too.

However you celebrate today ('cause really, there's no wrong way), have a...

Happy International Sushi Day!