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Old 08-26-2004, 06:10 PM   #21
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I don't like sushi. I LOVE sushi. :D

The rice should have a balanced delicate flavor. If you notice the vinegar right away, it's not properly seasoned.

If you don't think you can stomach raw fish, there are other sushis you can try that have cooked items and/or raw veggies. Tamago is a delicious egg omelette. How about the California Roll? It's got cooked crab in it. Ebi, which is a cooked shrimp. Unagi, which is a delicious cooked eel and happens to be one of my favorites. There are also vegetarian sushis made with cucumbers and takuan (pickled daikon raddish).
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Old 08-26-2004, 06:27 PM   #22
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I never could get used to the raw fish but the tamago,california roll,ebi and the vegetarian sushis are really good. All you need is sushi to make a cool summer lunch.......
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Old 08-27-2004, 07:56 AM   #23
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GB - remember, don't force your wife to "like" sushi - once she does your bill will double
Man is that good advice!!!

She actually wants to try it (or so she says) and she wants to enjoy it. She is a pretty adventurous eater when she wants to be. She tried goat when we were on our honeymoon and while goat is not all that exotic, I know her family would have thought she was crazy for trying it.
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Old 08-27-2004, 09:03 AM   #24
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suhsi

I can't get enough of it.
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Old 08-27-2004, 06:18 PM   #25
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Yeah, I know GB, that a deli just can't do it justice, but you have to understand that where I live, Italian (major influence) and Chinese are about as exotic as it gets. No such thing as sushi, Indian or anything else,
so I'd definitely be open to trying it again. The deli is not "my final answer" by any stretch. Anybody know of any good restaurants in the
Detroit area? We have relatives there.
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I love sushi! Especially when it has lots of orange roe. YUMMMM
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Old 08-30-2004, 02:01 PM   #27
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I have never liked sushi !! I feel so bad about that sometimes, it's like when everyone agrees on something and you're the odd one out :(

Sometimes we go out dinning with a bunch of friends, everyone's first choice "sushi" and I just look to the ground! Now I hope I'm not getting off topic by requesting this.. How did you all get to like sushi????????
Was it the more you eat it the more you'll like it? Or some varities are not to be tried at first? Or was it love at first bite or whatttttttttttttt????

To make it easier, I'll say why I don't actually like it :
1.Raw fish turns up my stomach, I know it's not dangerous but I hate the taste!
2.I hate sesame seeds/sesame oil
3. I hate cold rice!
4.I hate wassabi taste!

Is there any hope for me?? Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2004, 02:16 PM   #28
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The very first time I tried it I was not happy. I really did not like it at all. I was at a restaurant that is Chinese on one side and Japanese tepanyaki (sp?) tables on the other side. I was on the Chinese side and on the buffet they had sushi so I decided to be adventurous. It was not horrible, but it was certainly not something I wanted to try again.

My second time my parents took me to a sushi restaurant and ordered for me. I fell in love that night. What I had that night was night and day from what I had the first time.

Sushi is something where the quality of the ingredients is ultra important so make sure if you are trying it for the first time or trying to learn how to like or appreciate it that you go to a good restaurant.

Moonlight, if you hate cold rice and you hate wassabi and you hate raw fish then chances are you will never like sushi. You can get sushi without wasabi and you can get it without raw fish (or any fish for that matter), but sushi means seasoned rice so you wont find rice free sushi. Have you tried a variety of raw fish? Some taste very similar, but others taste very different. Raw salmon and tuna do not taste anything alike in my opinion. If you want to try again then you might go with your friends who enjoy it and take a taste of some of their sashimi which is just the raw fish with nothing else. Taste a variety and see if you might find a type you like.
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Old 08-30-2004, 03:40 PM   #29
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I laugh at myself sometimes.....I got to a sushi place called Yo! Sushi, and always have some sashimi (usually a mixed plate of different fish) some inari, some california rolls and a rare beef salad and pickles. But I can't bring myself to try the eel, and it's cooked! How silly is that. I'll be really brave next time and try it! They had tempura fried green chillis on sushi rice last time I went, but I didn't try that either.

I love all Japanese food. My mum studied Japanese history when I was a kid, so was introduced to Japanese food when I was little. At the time Tasmania in the 1970's was very backward (there was still a large amount of discrimination against the Japanese due to World War 11) I don't think any of my friends had tried anything more ethnic than pizza!

I have fond memories of mum cooking tempura on a Friday night, or Sukiyaki. Yum!!!!
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Moonlight - you can get pieces of sushi (usually 2 per order - forgot what it's called) and it is usually served on a compressed amount of rice. We went to one place and we could get spiral cut daikon radish substituted for the rice - it was excellent!!!! ...and much less filling... which resulted in a $123.00 bill LOL But we had a lot of specialty rolls and stuff. You can get unagi (cooked eel), don't wince though - it's quite good and sweet. You can also get them to place some squid in the little broiler they have, tell them to heat until the edges are browned and curled and then serve on the daikon radish.

But GB kind of nailed it on the head - the wasabi isn't an issue because you don't have to use it, the raw fish isn't an issue because you can get plenty of vegetarian/veggie and cooked things - but the rice is key

Just hold your head up and say - NO THANK YOU - I DON'T LIKE IT!!!! I know I try to get people to try it who never have - everyone has ended up liking it - sometimes they only like the cooked rolls or rolls with tempura in them. BUT they like rice too. AND all these friends hate me because know they are broke from eating sushi
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Old 08-30-2004, 05:08 PM   #31
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Moonlight, there are other cooked dishes at the better sushi places. The chefs always have some kind of special dish that's baked or broiled in some kind of sauce. Lots of times, they have a cooked scallop dish. All you have to do is ask. Don't be so hard on yourself. Just be honest with the sushi chef and they will figure something out for you.
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:21 AM   #32
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All you have to do is ask. Don't be so hard on yourself. Just be honest with the sushi chef and they will figure something out for you.
This is great advice! The sushi chef is a professional and can accommodate your needs and likes/dislikes. Sit at the bar and talk with him. Tell him what you do not like about sushi and ask him to make you something based on what you just told him. You will be surprised at what they might come up with.

kitchenelf, I am not sure, but I think the dish you couldn't remember the name of might be called chirachi (sorry for the spelling!)

The one thing I hate about sushi is the price. I could easily eat a couple hundred dollars worth in one sitting if money was no object. Well once I win the lottery that is just what I will do :)
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:52 AM   #33
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I think kitchenelf was referring to "nigiri" which is the type of sushi made into the rectangles of rice. if the rice has a piece of nori (seaweed) wrapped around it, it is called "gunkan". anytype of rolled sushi is called "maki"
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Old 09-01-2004, 12:21 AM   #34
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(giving secret hand shake to sushi lovers) If I could taste love.... it would be sushi. If I could eat a beautiful sunset.... it would taste like a Spicy Cruncy Roll. :roll: If sushi were a woman I would marry it!!!!
If a tuna / avacado roll with a touch of wasabi and mayo with a little cilantro were running for president I would vote for it! How do I love thee sushi???!!! Let me eat the ways!!!!!!
Yes my friends.... sushi is like looking at a hot redhead with freckles..... I could never have too much. And if I could combine the 2, I know that God really REALLY loves me.
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Old 09-01-2004, 11:03 AM   #35
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Deadly Sushi, I wish you would stop beating around the bush and tell us how you really feel

I am actually right there with you. Sushi has got to be one of the most perfect food forms I have ever encountered. I really think I am addicted to it. Is there a sushi anonymous that I could join?
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Old 09-01-2004, 06:41 PM   #36
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The one thing I hate about sushi is the price. I could easily eat a couple hundred dollars worth in one sitting if money was no object. Well once I win the lottery that is just what I will do :)
Learn to make your own. I bought a rice cooker to make the rice. I use a cookie cutter to form my rice. No rolling for me......or just toss some rice in a bowl and top with whatever floats your boat. I don't know the name for this type of sushi.......but it works for me.
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We make ours at home too - I don't use a rice cooker and I use the mat to make the maki rolls. It's really easy.

All you need is:

1 rolling mat
1 rice paddle (really big, flat end to fold rice over to help cool it)
plastic wrap (to wrap your rolling mat in so rice doesn't stick to it)
non-metalic bowl to cool rice in (glass or ceramic is what you want)
and don't use a metal spoon on the rice either

Then of course you need soy sauce, sushi rice, rice vinegar, sugar, and whatever ingredients you want to put in the rolls. We usually use eel, sashimi grade tuna, and salmon. I freeze the salmon for usually 24-72 hours to kill anything that may be living in MY salmon! LOL

Then we add avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, masago, chives, spring onions, cilantro (really good with the salmon roll) to the rolls as needed.

We have even made a strawberry and cream cheese roll - it was even good dipped in light soy sauce :oops:

I just follow the directions exactly as stated for the sushi rice and then eat to my heart's content.


Next time you go eat sushi sit where you can observe - you will learn a lot. Pay particular attention to how he "leads" the rice to the edges of the nori and which side he puts it on. Ask questions - they will be glad to help you.

The spicy sauce is mayo, garlic chili paste or Schiracha, a little masago, and some ground sesame seeds (I'm sure places make it different from each other but the first 2 ingredients are the most important and usually all that we use.)
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Old 09-01-2004, 09:38 PM   #39
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I've been a fan of sushi for a long time.

Not long ago, S.O. wanted to make it at home so now we have miso or hot and sour soup and sushi for dinner whenever we want.
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I have made sushi at home before (here are my pictures from that attempt http://public.fotki.com/gblock/page_2/food/), but it was no where as good as what I get in a good sushi restaurant. I enjoyed making it, but it did not take care of my craving. Also I do not have a good fish market near me that is open when I need it to be and so I have have no way of getting sushi quality fish which is what I really crave. One of the things I like about going to the restaurant is the variety. I can have 10 or 12 different types of fish. If I were to buy that much to make at home I would be broke.
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