gaijin sushi

By: saidemily

Sep 01 2011

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Category: canada, food, photography, traveling

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Sushi has been all the rage here in North America and honestly I don’t know why. It’s not that I don’t like sushi (I love it, actually) I just don’t understand why people love western sushi. I guess you could say I’m a sushi snob, having spent so much time in Japan. But you have to admit that sushi here is just not sushi. The sashimi is never cut right. The fish isn’t always fresh. And then there’s the dumb fusion stuff: who ever orders a Philadelphia roll? But my biggest pet peeve: it’s rarely made by trained chefs. The sushi in this photo was made by Chinese or Koreans because most people think: as long as the chef looks Japanese, it must be authentic, right? Wrong! Sushi is a craft you have to train for, not just a business. But I will give them the benefit of the doubt– western folks just don’t do raw seafood, the heart of all things sushi. I mean, have you ever seen a California roll in Japan?

I will give a slight glimmer of hope as the best sushi I’ve ever had in North America is in Texas. Yes, you heard me right. In the most Amuurican state, the land of cowboy boots and bbq, there’s a swanky restaurant in Austin, TX called uchiko that served me some of the freshest uni I’ve ever had. And just in case you were wondering: yes, it was served by a trained chef.


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