Sushi is becoming very common all over the world.
For Japanese people, this photo above depicts the normal (and ideal for me)image of sushi. Yum :D! How about yours? What comes to your mind when you hear “sushi”? You might first be reminded of sushi rolls. Yes, we also have rolled sushi in Japan, but I have to tell you that overseas sushi rolls and actual Japanese sushi are totally different.
Take a look at the photo below. Is this what comes to mind when someone mentions sushi?
Actually these in the photos below are typical Japanese sushi rolls. (Left: hoso-maki. Right: futo-maki)
The overseas sushi roll looks very far removed from the originals, doesn’t it? I’m afraid the foreign one is covered with too much mayonnaise 🙁 The California roll has become quite common in Japan as well, and some sushi with a bit of mayonnaise on top is served at family-style ‘conveyor belt’ sushi restaurants (we call these kaiten-zushi). But mayonnaise sauce is never used for traditional sushi. I have seen Indonesian ‘sushi flavor’ potato chips before, and the package said “seaweed + mayonnaise = sushi!”. Hmmm, mayonnaise again! Maybe people everywhere have got the wrong idea…
I have some other photos of overseas sushi. In Japan I’ve never seen fried sushi or sushi with fried ingredients inside.
I understand that food develops in foreign countries in different ways, according to the local people’s likings. And most overseas sushi rolls are very good. I love them! But still, I sometimes think “No way….This is not sushi. I want to eat the REAL thing!! (T_T)”
This is JAPAN Style!