By: Kimberly Ann C. Abalos
Since Japan is surrounded by ocean, seafood has always been widely consumed as well as rice. Originally, raw fish was fermented in salt to preserve it and eaten with seasoned rice. In Japanese cuisine, sushi indicates dishes that use sushi rice, which is seasoned with a sweet vinegar mixture. Although you can make sushi without using any fish/raw fish, many kinds of seafood are used in sushi dishes.
When we were in Little Tokyo in Makati, we ordered a sushi dish. I don’t know if the one we ordered was made of fish or raw fish since it doesn’t taste like a fish meat. The sushi was beautifully presented that it looks really tempting to eat. It was some kind of rice filled with something color yellow (that I don’t know what), and wrapped in a black sheet of seaweed? I’m not really sure what that black wrapper was called but I assumed it was a seaweed wrapper. The sushi was served with wasabi as a side dish. For those 6 pieces of sushi, I may say that, that dish was quite expensive. However, if you intend to explore and eat some Japanese dish, you should not miss eating sushi.
• Setsuko Yoshizuka