Friday, November 16, 2007

On Sushi

Some years ago (decades, major parts of a century?) I was bullied into trying sushi. Or rather, I was bullied into trying raw fish.
After all, sushi refers to rice, an essential part of nigiri (the individual pieces of fish/etc and rice) and maki (the rolls, typically rice wrapped around a filling, perhaps with a wrapper of nori, Japanese edible seaweed).
Anyway, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the friends who first persuaded me to try (what I thought was going to be) raw fish. Turns out that I tried unagi, cooked eel, first --- though probably if I had known it was eel I'd have felt as bad as I did thinking it was going to be raw. It was delicious.
Subsequently, I was bullied into trying a couple of other pieces: maguro (tuna) and hamachi (yellowtail): also delicious once I got my mind around the fact that these ones really were raw. And, of course, it all gave a good excuse to drink hot sake with it:-)

To think that I might have missed out on this wonderful, incredibly tasty food had I listened to my head instead of my friend all those years ago!

Yours, for the sake of it,


Jennifer said...

*cough* I believe you're rubbing it in now, aren't you? *cough*
Actually, I think I'm going to try to talk hubs into taking me out for a celebratory lunch come Tuesday...I haven't had sushi since by birthday back at the beginning of September, and I'm way overdue!

kenju said...

I still say....No thanks.... but I appreciate the lesson.

Geggie said...

Oh I love it! Maguro is my favorite!

alice c said...

I adore sushi but have never been to a sushi restaurant - something that I hope to rectify very soon.

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I sometimes think it's best not to know what you're eating when you're trying something for the first time! Saying that, I've never tried sushi!