For a meal that was once considered fine dining in the Western World, sushi is now one of the fastest growing snack foods around. It’s cheap, tasty and there is a vendor on every street corner. Sushi is not only a great snack food, it’s a fulfilling, healthy lunch and is extremely affordable. A lot of us are happy with the simple, tradition Japanese flavours however some Westerners have trouble adjusting to the cultural change. Luckily, there are many ways your vendor can westernise sushi so that it is liked by everyone.
ADD MORE FLAVOURS
Traditional sushi is usually extremely simple with only 3-4 ingredients. At times, only fish and rice is used. Because the western taste buds are accustomed to a larger array of flavours, people find sushi unfulfilling or unsatisfying. That said, there are many ways to increase the amount of flavours without destroying the traditional Japanese elements.
A great example below is the traditional Japanese dish Tekka Maki (first image), which only includes Seaweed, rice and raw Tuna, compared the Westernised dish, Spicy Tuna (second image), which includes additional chilli powder, avocado and onion.
Photo credits: http://www.japan-talk.com/
Some easy ways to add more flavours to your sushi dishes are below.
● Add a Marinade to you meats
● Add Chilli to your fish
● Add mayonnaise, onion and parsley to your tuna mix
● Add cream cheese to your salmon dishes
● Add fried shallots and sesame seeds to the outside of your rice.
One of the main reasons why westerners sometimes snub sushi is that it’s not filling enough. The minimal fillings can lack sustenance or leave the consumer feeling like they have only had a snack. Luckily the sushi roll acts like a little vessel. The rice is in charge of holding the delicious fillings so increasing the amount of filling on the inside works as a great way to satisfy the hunger of a westerner.
A Sushi Role stuffed with soft shell crab
Some ways to increase the fillings within your sushi are below.
● Try cooking a traditional Japanese dish such as Chicken Teriyaki or Beef with Katsu sauce and use it as a sushi filling.
● Use meats such as chicken, beef or pork to add more sustenance adding as much as desired.
● Deep fry fish and use as it filing.
● Add a very western dish such as American smoked pork ribs to your filling and you may be pleasantly surprised.
● Add additional vegetables such as avocado or cucumber to increase the filling.
● Use less rice and more filling for more of a ‘meal feel’.
Soy sauce and sushi go hand in hand however try adding an additional sauce to spice up or westernise your dish. Sauces such as BBQ, sweet chilli, mayonnaise and Worcestershire can all westernise your sushi whilst leaving the traditional elements to enjoy.
Andrew is a sushi lover and expert at sushimachine.com.au. He loves blogging about sushi and cooking in general.