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Old 03-02-2005, 02:51 PM   #11
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Here is another great sushi page. There is TONS of great info at this one :)
This is a VERY good website. I would recommend everyone to read it, not just those who are not familiar with sushi.
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:09 PM   #12
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BLECH!!! Like my food dead & cooked. Can just about tolerate a California roll. Not for me.
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:08 PM   #13
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Sushi is an experience everybody should try at least once in there lifetime. I was at a convention in Toronto a few years ago, so I search the web and found the best rated sushi restaurant and make reservation. Went in, sat right at the sushi bar in front of the chef and put my life in his hands. Told him I had never tried sushi before and would like to go for the whole experience, there was actually a term for this but can't remember it now. Got to watch him prepare me sample after sample until I told him I was done. Some was really good, some was strong. The best one was salmon done 3 different ways, one was raw, one was smoked and one was curred. To do it again I think I would ask for sushi that isn't wrapped in that seaweed sheet, it's just a taste I can't get used to. It is truly something that you should try at least once.
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Leo - when I first started eating sushi I hated the seawood - it would make me gag - then one day - poof - it was as if it wasn't even there - I started concentrating on the other flavors.

Oh and mish - it is dead - well, except for that time I ate that scallop -

sushi is a very clean taste - to begin with I would try the eel (cooked and sweet), tuna (very clean tasting - like eating a glass of water), and a spicy salmon roll - or just some kind of salmon roll. Also, you can get eel with some cream cheese and avocado - and you can get tuna with radish sprouts - they have a nice bite to them. Also, try a tempura roll - battered and fried then used in a roll.
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Old 03-04-2005, 08:10 AM   #15
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I would agree with Kitchenelfs first choices. Eel is cooked and tastes like barbaque sauce. It is probably the most familiar flavor for those who have never tried sushi.

Clean is the perfect way to describe tuna. I love that description!!! It is very fitting.

Salmon is wonderful. It is sweet and smooth and just really very tasty. Try the salmon last out of these three because the texture could possibly scare at first. It really is not scary, but it is not as firm as the tuna. It is a bit softer and (for lack of a better word) slimy. The flavor is absolutely amazing though. It is so sweet and delicious that you will want to eat a whole plate of it just on its own
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it's really good, nicole. it tastes different with each type. you could ask a friend who knows which you would and wouldn't like to come w/ you.
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My sister went to a chinese buffet the other day. I told her to try it and see if she liked it and to see if she thought I would like it. Well, she did and she said she had to spit it out. She said it was very bitter (the seaweed I am assuming). She said that the greenish black stuff around it was horrible. I guess i will just have to try it. She insists that I will not like it. Next time we go to lunch it will definatly be chinese.
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Old 03-05-2005, 08:03 AM   #18
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For your first sushi experience, do not get it at a Chinese place and definitely do not go to a buffet. You need to get it from Japanese Sushi restaurant. It really does make all the difference in the world. It would be like if you have never tried Mexican food. You would want your first taste to be from a Mexican restaurant, not from some place like Chilis that happens to have some Mexican dishes on the menu.

Once you have tried it and have decided if you like it or not, then you can get it from someplace that does not specialize in sushi. Places like Chinese restaurants (some actually do have very good sushi, but they are very hit or miss) and even some supermarkets now have sushi. These can be OK, but should never be your first experience. Kind of like having your first burger at McDonalds. It can be enjoyable, but it is certainly not representative of what a "real" burger is like

Eating sushi is as much about the experience as it is about the food and you just wont get that at most Chinese restaurants. I am sure there are some out there that do it right, but I have not seen many.
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Nicole, I don't see where you are. This has a huge impact on what kinds of sushi you will try. Not all sushi has nori (seaweed) in it -- some is little rectangles of rice with a piece of ... something ... on top. Because we live in a small midwestern town, when we had our sushi party we purposefully had no raw fish, 'though I love it dearly, I'll only eat in in towns that have daily flights from one of the coasts (yes, I'll eat raw fish in Chicago or even Madison or the QC, but it isn't a good idea here). A perfect example of sushi is a bit of omlette on a rectangle of rice --- no fish at all, no seaweed at all.

Hubby and I have introduced many to sushi, and almost all who like food at all have loved it. Raw ahi (yellowfin tuna) is a very clean, fresh, crisp flavor. I thought I'd hate eel, but didn't realize that it is usually smoked and really does (as previously mentioned) sort of taste like barbecue served on rice. California rolls were invented to introduced novices to sushi, and are my secret vice. I know it brands me, but I still love them best.

When I moved to Hawaii (in my late 20s) I didn't like fish at all, period. Then I realized what seafood can be. My introduction wasn't sushi at all, but ahi sashimi (sashimi IS raw fish). I was very hesitant, and was amazed that ahi sashimi tasted much like the best raw beef (I've always loved steak tartare and carpacio) -- crisp, clean, fresh. I found sashimi easier to start with than sushi!

Never, ever let anyone tell you that you won't like something. You're a grown up. YOU decide what you will like. Start with California roll (the nori is inside), and go with a maximum of 4 people, and sit AT the sushi bar. Just watching these great artists at work is half the fun.
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My sister went to a chinese buffet the other day. I told her to try it and see if she liked it and to see if she thought I would like it. Well, she did and she said she had to spit it out. She said it was very bitter (the seaweed I am assuming). She said that the greenish black stuff around it was horrible. I guess i will just have to try it. She insists that I will not like it. Next time we go to lunch it will definatly be chinese.
Really bad idea... never eat sushi at a buffe, much less a chinese or even korean one.

For me sushi is about the rice before anything. A good sushi rice has a bit of tang from the vinager and nice sweetness imparted from glutenous rice and mirin (sweet syrupy wine) or sugar when not available. There's nothing wrong with making your rice very bold, in the olden day's stronger vinagers where used than now. While I use rice vinager I'll often splash in a little apple cider or white just to give it an extra kick.

The stuff you noticed would be seaweed, which is mostly used as a garnish or in the case of rolls to help hold it together. Seaweed is GREAT stuff if you grew up eating seafood, since it really "has the taste of the sea" in it together with a nice aroma when toasted properly.

Usually the best thing to do is order a california roll which will taste like cream cheese, avocado and other rich stuff (usually drowning out the salmon). If you like this explore a little, try some regular (nigiri) tuna sushi which will be the rice topped with a slice of good fish. If that works for you well there's dozens of things to try but MAKE SURE you get some Inari sushi, its SOO GOOOD. Basically it's sushi rice in a brown tofu wrapper that tastes similar to a slightly sweet omelette.
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