Sunday, June 24, 2007

Your First Sushi

Yet another food you don't grill. Many of my uncultured friends refer to it as bait. But once you take the time to learn about it, it's a wonderful experience. It can also be a bit expensive, but it's one of the finer things in life.

To get started, check out The Sushi FAQ. It answers every question you could have.

Aside from the image of sushi restaurants that laugh at people that are not "in the know," most places are pleased to get new customers and will suggest dishes to try out. Don't be afraid to ask. Good starter dishes are Philly Rolls, Unagi, and Tuna Roll. I've picked the Philly roll because it will remind you of lox and cream cheese, a taste many are familiar with and enjoy. Unagi is a cooked dish, which is another good one for beginners And a tuna roll is just a slightly more rare version of seared ahi tuna, which most people enjoy. The various vegetable rolls are good bets too.

You may be tempted to try the sushi on your local Chinese buffet -- I'd steer away from that as your first try because the quality can vary wildly. Most of the buffets I've seen didn't look very good. Go to a real sushi bar and let the chef take care of you.


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