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Sushi Talks: California Rolls

February 24, 2011

Throughout my travels, I have seen a lot of types of sushi rolls. Most of them have very ridiculous names such as Pikachu Rolls, New World Rolls, and the list goes on and on. I would like to take the time to describe these rolls as I see them around my travels.

It’s Fa-Sushi!

The California Roll; believe it or not, they are even available in Southeast Asia (for twice the regular price in the US). The standard roll is an inside out roll, containing cucumber, imitation crab, and avocado. There are other derivation of it, a regular roll vs. inside-out roll, using real crabs, or even sprinkling it with tobiko or sesame seeds.

Sometimes, I don’t understand the names of the rolls, but with a little research, the name, California Roll, actually makes sense. It was created in California by a sushi chef who substituted avocado instead of tuna, as it was cheaper and better suited for the American palette. In addition, the chef made the roll inside out in order to “hide” the seaweed.

Well, as much as I am a traditionalist when it comes to eating sushi, I am happy that the California Roll is around. Without it, the sushi craze would probably not be around, and it would be harder to find really good sushi.

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