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Futomaki rolls for big appetites – Aka Jumbo or Big Boy Rolls

Futomaki is a delicious type of Japanese sushi that is very thick. Visually, think of your favorite maki rolls inflated into a jumbo roll! If you don’t have a big mouth, these rolls can get messy, quick. Do yourself a favor and do not try to eat it all in one bite. You will instantly regret it if you are in polite company. Even formal restaurants should ease their sushi etiquette when it comes to this rolls!

Just how much bigger are futomaki rolls? See the difference!

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Futomaki is not your average roll! Most sushi rolls have a focus on raw fish. Not futomaki. This roll is known for using cooked ingredients. This makes it a great introductory roll for convincing someone to try out sushi. I find that most of the hesitancy in trying sushi for the first time comes from the idea of eating raw seafood. As long as they can stomach the seaweed wrapped around the roll, they will find it very tasty. If you are new to the wonderful world of sushi, please do visit our page dedicated to sushi and sashimi information.

Futomaki roll ingredients

That’s right, futomaki rolls use mostly cooked ingredients. Common ingredients you will find in a futomaki sushi roll are cooked vegetable such as spinach and cucumber, dried daikon, bamboo shoots, and sometimes shrimp. Futomaki rolls have a wide array of ingredients, and adventurous chefs fill them to the brim with fillings that are normally associated with sushi, such as chopped tuna, but less commonly the rolls are filled with meats such as ribeye. These rolls are most commonly eaten vegetarian and vegan style. Because of the size of these rolls, you need to be very, very careful rolling them. It is also very important to use sushi rice.

Example of Futomaki Ingredients

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Futomaki means you can create rolls without sushi grade fish. You can use dried shitake mushrooms or preserved gourds as the main fillings. Unlike many rolls that have only one or two fillings, futomaki rolls are often stuffed full with as many as ten! Expert sushi makers will find the perfect balance of fillings, pairing them to create aesthetically pleasing, palatable dishes. When you have so many different tastes and textures, it is difficult to balance them all. And yet expert chefs do it effortlessly, and some even create patterns such as roses and the rising sun in their chopped rolls using the colors of the ingredients! Creative sushi chefs blend art and food in their approach to these jumbo rolls.

What can you put in a futomaki roll? Here are some ideas to get you started!

Vegetables: Spinach, cucumber, dried daikon, bamboo shoots, simmered gourds
Vegetarian: Tamago, fried bean curd, avocado
Seafood: Chopped Tuna, Shrimp, Seasoned Flaked Codfish

Is Futomaki traditional Japanese sushi?

Yes! Futomaki originated as festival food in Japan. It was not developed in western kitchens, like the California Roll or Alaskan Roll. Take this with a grain of salt, but apparently during the Setsubun festival, partiers would eat entire uncut futomaki rolls! Is is possible that the sushi burrito has its origins in traditional Japanese festivals? While futomaki isn’t what you think of when you think of traditional Japanese sushi, it does have a long history, especially in certain regions.

If you want an inexpensive, filling, and vegetarian friendly option, these rolls are a great choice. It takes all of the worry out of using raw fish out of the equation if you stick to vegetarian options.

The biggest sushi roll you have ever seen

This is the biggest sushi roll I have ever seen! The Sushi Chef Institute created it for a sushi festival, and the massive roll brought smiles to the face of everyone who witnessed it in all its splendor.

Is it just me, or is smaller sometimes better with sushi? This gargantuan roll is the complete opposite of sushi on a single grain of rice. It’s also quite unlike the delicious, simple sashimi and nigiri I prefer. Still, look at the size of that knife! Crocodile Dundee would be proud.

Check out this video of the biggest sushi roll you’ve ever seen

To be honest, this massive roll doesn’t even feel like sushi to me. The fact that you have to cut it in half ruins it for me. Won’t it just fall apart when you try to eat it? On the other hand, this is for a festival and was created for the purpose of having fun. This is not a traditional sushi roll and should not be judged as such. If it made people smile and want to try sushi, it served its purpose!

The chefs look incredibly happy to be making it. This is not a serious roll for a traditional sushi restaurant. It is a novelty created for the festival and should be treated as such.

Colorful, vibrant, and incredibly messy, I have to admit I would dig right in! While the experience of eating sliced sushi would be a little odd, it’s hard to go wrong with delicious ingredients.

If you like big things, you’ll enjoy the biggest sushi scallop in the world!

Sushi made from crickets? Miya Sushi takes sustainability to the next level

I never thought I would see anything like this. I’ve seen spam sushi, rainbow sushi, even sushi donuts, but nothing like this! Miya Sushi might just be way ahead of their time. Their crazy menu pushes the boundaries, and even the most adventurous restaurateurs may meet their match! The restaurant is created with an incredible message at its heart. Miya Sushi’s vision of the future is of a world where by 2150 we will find a sustainable balance with nature. That means eating less animals, humane farming practices, and a celebration of the planet we live on. It also means a focus on foods that have the smallest impact on their environments, and fighting invasive species by eating them!

This cricket sushi roll pushes culinary boundaries

Even the most adventurous eater is going to be shocked by some of the dishes. The Crickleberry Brie sushi is chock filled with protein – from an outlandish source. Crickets!

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Images are property of Miya Sushi 🙂

When you compare the ecological impact of farming cows or other large livestock, the difference is outstanding. Bugs offer a highly economical protein alternative. High in nutritional value and filled to the brim with protein, some say that bug farming is going to be a major industry in the future. Bug farms take much less space than conventional farms.

Would you be willing to try the Crickleberry sushi? Or is it simply too far out to even taste? I’m not sure if I would like it, but I would be willing to try! I mean, really, is it so different to eat escargot? Why are some bugs considered delicious and others disgusting? Having an open mind when it comes to food is important. But even an open minded eater might have trouble with cricket sushi!

Sushi made from invasive species

Some sushi restaurants serve seafood that have sustainability concerns. Miya Sushi does the opposite. Head Chef Bun Lai is an expert in turning invasive species into delicious dishes. What do you do when you are faced with invasive species? You eat them!

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Miya Sushi has an entire section of the menu dedicated to Invasive Species. Mugwort, knotweed, and various other weeds are all invasive plants that chef Bun Lai has managed to turn into incredible creations. And that’s not all. In addition to plants, chef Bun Lai uses invasive seafood expertly. Sashimi options include nine-spice invasive asian carp sashimi and kiribati sashimi, which uses lionfish. The image above is of the carp sashimi. It is prepared using traditional methods, frozen in the same way that Inuit people continue to freeze carp based on their traditional methods. This chef can take any invasive species and make a dish out of it. Catfish is another invasive seafood which he pairs with asparagus, apricots, and black beans to create a truly wild dish.

Miya Sushi deconstructs the food chain

Currently, a third of wild caught fish is turned into fish feed for carnivorous fish. The concept of Miya Sushi is to go right to the bottom of the food chain and work upwards to find seafood that is both sustainable and has a low impact on the environment. This means specializing in herbivores such as catfish, tilapia, and carp.

When you eat fish at Miya Sushi, you can be sure you are making an ethical choice. Every ingredient in their cooking has been meticulously studied to see its effect in the broader environment. An example are their shrimp and prawn offerings. Instead of using wild caught tropical shrimp that have an extreme bycatch ratio, they use Florida shrimp and Alaskan spot prawns that have little to no impact in terms of bycatch.

Miya Sushi’s concepts haven’t hit the mainstream yet

While many consumers are becoming more concerned with sustainability and the ethics of the foods that they eat, the concepts of Miya Sushi have yet to become truly mainstream. While the head chef of Miya Sushi has specialized in turning invasive species into delicious dinners, most chefs are trained in more traditional recipes. It takes a huge amount of willpower and courage to create a restaurant as wild and unique as Miya Sushi. We wish them all the best in continuing to serve up tasty and sustainable dishes! If you are interested in sustainable sushi, you may be interested in reading our guide to eating sustainable sushi.. It doesn’t get much more sustainable than invasive species sushi!

Global Fishing Watch fights Illegal Fishing

global-fishing-watch-satelliteThe newest tool against unregulated and illegal fishing is incredible. Oceana, Skytruth and Google Earth Outreach worked together to create the Global Fishing Watch.

The beta version of the site is now open to the public, and you can quickly and easily create an account and start using the program within seconds. What exactly is Global Fishing Watch? Think crowdsourced protection of the oceans. Global Fishing Watch is a massive step towards fighting illegal fishing.

Global Fishing Watch lets anyone help against illegal fishing

The program is still in its beta version. But as it grows, it learns. The Global Fishing Watch AI system is learning everyday what behaviors are linked with unregulated, illegal, and suspicious fishing practices. This is because of their state of the art AI system which is becoming scarily accurate in determining what vessels are doing in the open oceans. The program uses “Machine Learning” at a global scale. It learns from its mistakes and the algorithm becomes more and more accurate as the program goes on. Everytime that a user submits data, the program grows smarter.

Remember, this program is just getting started. While there are already benefits being found, the program is only going to get more accurate and useful. Illegal fishing will become more and more difficult over time.

If you have an internet connection, you can be a part of this program.

This is the most effective tool available right now to track commercial vessels. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can watch over protected areas and illegal fishing zones and track vessel activities. That’s not all. The program is completely free to use. Everyone can be a part of fighting against illegal fishing.

Global Fishing Watch is not just about stopping illegal fishing

One of the main priorities of the Global Fishing Watch program is to help raise awareness of the level of fishing happening in our oceans. We can imagine that there are many fishing vessels, but before you actually see a heat map of what is happening, you cannot quite comprehend the scope of the issue. When you take a look at a map for an 8 hour time period, you see vast swathes of blue. It is easy to think that overfishing is not a problem at all. When you look at the full two years of data, a different picture is painted. Check out the comparison below.

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2 years of data

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Global Fishing Watch is a powerful tool for smaller nations

What do you do if you are a smaller, developing nation and fishing vessels from a more powerful country are illegally fishing in your oceans? Proving that unregulated fishing is happening is the first step, and often incredibly difficult. Global Fishing Watch is partnering with local governments to give them the tools they need to start protecting their waters. There are thousands of small vessels that dart in and out of waters, and before Global Fishing Watch it was impossible to track them all. Now, through the power of crowdsourcing and the combined efforts of scientists, conservation groups and people like you and me, the balance of power is shifting.

Have you heard of the island nation of Kiribati? The nation suspected a company of violating their off-limits zone. While they had suspicions, they lacked concrete proof. That is until the Global Fishing Watch stepped in. The imagery that the program provided was rock solid proof that the vessel had been illegally fishing. The outcome? A $2 million dollar penalty that never would have happened without this incredible tool. Illegal fishing will become more difficult the more tools that smaller nations have to protect their waters.

Will the Global Fishing Watch end illegal fishing?

The Global Fishing Watch uses AIS data to track ship movement. AIS stands for automatic identification system. Smaller vessels are not required to use it. Pirate fishing vessels simply will not use it at all. What the Global Fishing Watch program is best for is stopping large scale commercial fishing in unethical and illegal ways. For example, if a massive fishing vessel is transmitting and then suddenly turns off transmission as they enter a protected zone? Suspicious! If a vessel turns off their transmission as they go through a risky area with a history of piracy? Not nearly as suspicious, as they are most likely not wanting to broadcast their location to nefarious parties.

If there are trends in certain companies purchasing seafood from suspicious vessels, consumers may realize they are potentially buying illegal seafood. No company wants that reputation. One of the keys to the long term of success of the Global Fishing Watch will be consumer pressure against shady tactics.

Global Fishing Watch is the product of many different groups

It is not just Google, Oceana and Skytruth that are making this program happen. These three are the biggest players in the project, however. If you have not heard of Ocean and Skytruth, they are two major organizations promoting sustainability in the seafood industry. Oceana is a massive international advocacy organization that is working towards one goal. Conserving the ocean. SkyTruth is a nonprofit who’s technology in remote sensing and digital mapping allowed the Global Fishing Watch program to flourish. Everyone has heard of Google. What people may not have heard of is Google Earth Outreach. It is one of Google’s many arms, and has found successes helping clear landmines in countries that have histories of war as well as giving the tools to small tribes to protect their traditional lands.

The Global Fishing Watch could not have come this far without the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Wyss Foundation, The Waterloo Foundation and Adessium Foundation. All of these foundations and charities are working towards a future where IUU fishing is cracked down on, hard.

 

Vegan Sushi

Vegan sushi is 100% delicious

Vegan sushi is the perfect option for health conscious and environmentally aware sushi lovers who want to enjoy a meal without using animals in any way. In case you’re wondering, sushi is actually the word for food prepared with vinegared rice! It doesn’t actually mean “raw fish” at all.

Sushi is such a healthy, fast option that makes you feel full of energy and vegan options can provide the same fantastic feeling after a perfect meal. While many of the most popular sushi rolls include raw fish, vegan options are perfectly feasible.

When you head to your favorite sushi restaurant, you’ll find that there are many vegan options. This can include fresh avocado rolls, kappamaki rolls (with cucumber), and even some more adventurous options with substitutes fish for mock soy options or even uses vegetables that are close in texture to the seafood that would normally be in the roll! If you’re lucky, you will find rolls based around shiitake mushrooms as well as yam tempura rolls. Quick tip: make sure to ask that the yam tempura rolls are a vegan option before ordering, batter ingredients can vary.

Let’s look at some of the delicious ways that creative chefs have developed vegan sushi rolls!

Vegan Tomato Sushi – Fresh and Co

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This New York chain is tailored to seasonal and environmentally conscious fares. They are not a fully vegan restaurant, but have some great vegan options. One of these options was to replace tuna with tomato in their dishes. This example isn’t a sushi roll, but is actually a sushi wrap! It’s sort of like a sushi buritto. Unfortunately, it is only seasonal, but it’s a great example of what you can achieve with a little imagination. This wrap combines collard greens, hijiki, cucumber, avocado, brown sushi rice, cilantro, and wasabi. Unlike with sushi rolls that are in smaller pieces, you do not have to worry about the brown sushi rice not sticking together properly!

Vegan Eggplant Sushi

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Some vegetables are so substantial and flavourful that they simply don’t need the addition of any sort of seafood to shine. Eggplant is one of those veggies that are bursting with so much flavor that they work perfectly as the main attraction in a sushi roll. Adding avocado is a great way to experiment with textures and tastes and make your roll even more filling! Mouth watering.

Vegan Carrot Rolls

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This is another example of what a little imagination can bring to the table (literally). If you want a roll that has fresh, delicate flavours, using thin slice carrots gives you a crunch that you wouldn’t expect from sushi. You can choose to use carrots that are fresh and raw if you prefer the crunch, or steam them lightly in order to have a softer texture. These feel less substantial that rolls made with eggplant or tomato.

The sky is the limit with vegan sushi roll ideas

You can design and experiment with vegan sushi rolls with any of your favorite vegetables. Veggies pair so perfectly with sushi rice, soy sauce, wasabi and nori. Have you ever thought of trying avocado nigiri? Wonderful!

Here are some quick ideas when it comes to vegan sushi. Consider centering a roll around thinly sliced bell peppers, green onions, or sweet potatoes! The great thing about vegan sushi is that you do not have to worry about preparing raw fish. This alleviates the major health concerns of preparing sushi as an amateur and can be a more relaxing experience for preparing sushi at home.

And don’t forget, without having to buy sushi grade seafood, vegan sushi is much cheaper and perfect for beginners!

Mexican Sushi isn’t just sushi burritos!

What exactly is Mexican sushi?

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Mexican sushi is the unlikely combination of Mexican cuisine and Japanese sushi. When you think of traditional sushi, you think of artistry in simplicity, and quality ingredients showcased in the best way possible. Mexican sushi is all about spice, crunch, and often a trip to the deep frier. Think explosive flavor and instead of pricey tuna sashimi, picture cream cheese and spice. We aren’t just talking sushi burritos. Almost all sushi burritos are just changing the shape of the roll. We’re talking a whole new way of looking at sushi. Think this is just a passing fad? Think again. Some of these restaurants have been around for over four years! You can’t stay in business that long as a restaurant without clientel.

What is in a Mexican sushi roll?

Mexican sushi rolls, which are often shortened to mexi rolls, are a far sight different from their traditional counterparts. You might find a roll filled with white tampico, a crab salad, cream cheese, and tempura shrimp. You’re definitely going to find rolls revolving around steak, cooked chicken, cooked shrimp, cream cheese, and avocados imported straight from Mexico. You will find rolls with fresh cilantro, and more heat than you can handle with the jalapeño and sriracha sauces that are often drizzled on top.

Cream cheese is the biggest trend in most of these Mexican sushi restaurants. If you want to try breaded and deep-fried sushi, then this trend is for you! While those who enjoy authentic sushi and simple fare probably will not enjoy the combination of sushi and Mexican food, people with an adventurous pallet might be pleasantly surprised! While you might be hesitant, can it really hurt to try new things? If you like both Mexican food and sushi, can it be so crazy that the two combined could produce something tasty?

Where can you find Mexican sushi?

If you’re lucky enough to live in L.A., you’re in the right spot for Mexican sushi rolls. Even thought their popularity is mostly confined to southeast L.A., restaurants like “Senor Sushi” have popped up in Phoenix Arizona! The picture above is of their “Rock and Roll”, sushi roll from their website, which has assorted fresh fish, avocado, cucumber, and spicy authentic Ponzo sauce. Who would have thought that Mexican and sushi would mix?

Critics of Mexican Sushi are looking at the trend the wrong way. If you’re looking for a healthy and refreshing meal, stick to traditional sushi. If you want to indulge in deep fried rolls stuffed with hot cream cheese and meats with a kick to it, try out Mexican sushi. I personally prefer more authentic styles of sushi. Luckily, most Mexican sushi restaurants also offer traditional Mexican food, which is absolutely delicious!

Naked Sushi: The so called “art” of Nyotaimori

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Nyotaimori, or Body Sushi is the bizarre practice of eating sushi off a woman

Nyotaimori restaurants will paint the practice of body sushi as stemming from ancient Japanese culture. They claim to offer an authentic Japanese experience. Some assert that it originated in the Samurai period of Japanese history serving as celebrating of defeating an enemy. Samurai would carouse at a geisha house, relishing in their victory. Others say that it originated in Japanese crime families, enjoyed by rich and powerful Yakuza members. The images these origin stories conjure are of a mysterious oriental experience. That’s exactly the kind of imagery that lets naked sushi providers charge premium prices. If you want to learn more about what is and what isn’t authentic, you’ll enjoy our article on the difference between Japanese and Western sushi.

Wherever nyotaimori sushi truly came from it is not as prevalent in Japanese society and culture as the people selling it want you to believe. It has always been on the fringe, existing most commonly in the shadier districts. Don’t be fooled by companies trying to sell you authenticity.

Sushi has always had a sexiness to it in the western world, and some argue that eating it perfectly arranged on a beautiful woman (or man) is an extension of this. Despite this, the idea of authentic traditional Japanese body sushi is more a myth than reality.

As sushi soared to popularity in the Western world, nyotaimori restaurants started to pop up in New York and L.A. in particular. Before you book a flight, read on. If you are still asking where can I eat sushi off a girl then you might want to learn a little more about the practice.

Is eating sushi off a woman even safe?

Here’s the thing. Sushi is raw fish, and requires the highest degree of attention and care in preparing. There are definitely sanitary considerations to keep in mind. From a purely food safety standpoint, you’re probably better off skipping the naked woman. Anyone even slightly squeamish about their food will be turned off by the idea of eating food off a woman.

Raw fish must be kept cool, and body heat will raise the temperature of the sushi. Some models take very cold showers before having the sushi arranged on themselves. As well, due to food safety laws the practice is almost always done using banana leaves or even a layer of plastic wrap between the woman and the sushi itself. This helps with reducing the effect of body heat. In a well attended event, the sushi is never staying for long on top of the woman. It is replaced usually before even ten minutes has elapsed.

What’s the appeal?

Customers vary from bachelor parties to large corporations holding team building sessions. It’s hard to argue against the fact that there is an exoticism to body sushi. Those drawn to it feel that it is novel, artistic, sensual, and most of all unusual. Body sushi is found at events like openings of expensive nightclubs that thrive on word of mouth and the buzz of being the newest, hottest thing around. There’s one thing for certain. It certainly is unique. When else will you be eating sushi off a woman?

Body sushi experiences often have alcohol involved. People trying it out for the first time will feel nervous at first. Alcohol lets people feel comfortable, but if customers start to push the boundary with lewd comments or touching the model, the practice can get ugly fast. Most of the companies have strict rules as to the hard and fast limits to the practice. In particular they enforce the no touching rule. Despite this, is it really so hard to imagine a situation where rich businessmen who are paying a hefty premium for the service may step over the bounds? There is certainly a power imbalance with a model who is relying on tips. I want to believe that all the companies offering naked sushi have strict standards and ethics, and I hope that this is pure speculation.

The visual appeal of sushi explains the popularity of the practice

Sushi has an edge. It’s visually appealing and has never lost its trendiness. People who are enjoying naked sushi like to have the idea in their head that the woman they are eating it off of has extensive training in the art of keeping perfectly still. In reality, many of the woman are given little to no training prior to the experience and may feel great pressure to get through the sometimes up to 5 hour event without moving. Is this really an art form or something less profound? The experience is going to be vastly different depending on which company you use.

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Is body sushi even legal?

We do want to warn that there are loopholes in the law make it possible for shady businesses to skirt the law. These loopholes revolve around the fact that many people offering the service are simply catering rather than taking guests at an actual physical restaurant. It’s harder for regulatory bodies to enforce against catering services in many jurisdictions and “under the radar” operations are certainly an extra risk. You may find that while a company acquired licencing, they are not technically licensed sell the experience of eating sushi off a woman. If you ask about the companies licence and hear the word “loophole”, it’s probably best to turn tail. You need to be 100% certain that sushi is up to standards.

If you do decide to attend a nyotaimori event, whatever you do, don’t skimp on the price. Because risks are greater than a normal sushi experience, the freshness and quality are even more important than usual.

Body sushi controveries

While those defending body sushi would say that it is not about objectifying women and that there are even men who model for the process (called nantaimori), the majority of body sushi models are women. Events – at least the mainstream ones – have no touching or photographs. I personally will not judge a persons choices or voice an opinion of what a woman can or cannot do as employment.

Some feminists have called the practice objectifying and humiliating for women. Using a woman as a human sushi table is literally objectifying in that they are being used as furniture, or a human sushi platter. Eating sushi off a woman does have a distasteful ring to it. Do all the models feel this way? In some companies, models are highly paid, and may be some of the greatest defenders of the practice.

Body sushi purveyors use the idea that nyotaimori is an ancient art form in Japan and that it stems for a rich traditional background. As you have learnt, this doesn’t seem to hold much weight.

When preserving authentic sushi goes too far: Sushi Police!

Sushi police is a mini series following three “Sushi Officers” tasked with preserving authentic Japanese cuisine. If anyone dares to serve non-traditional sushi… you know who shows up!

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Unfortunately the mini series was reviewed quite poorly. It only received a score of 4.3/10 on IMDB. Even though I might not recommend you watch the actual series, the trailer is worth a look!

I’m sorry, but the trailer is not in English. There is another trailer with an English announcer, but I found this one much funnier. In case the language barrier doesn’t deter you… watch below! Even though I don’t speak Japanese, I found the idea of the wasabi gun hilarious.

Can you use medium grain rice for sushi?

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Can you use medium grain rice for sushi?

In a pinch, we have all asked if medium grain rice can be used for sushi.Is using medium grain rice going to make your sushi fall apart? Rice is the foundation for sushi. Certain strains of rice can only be found in Japan after centuries of cultivation. If you know the history of sushi then you know that sushi was invented as a way of preserving fish by fermenting it rice. Originally, the rice was thrown out. As sushi evolved, rice was seasoned with rice wine vinegar and the rice itself was given a great importance.

Sushi should be made with short-grain rice. Shorter grain rice is stickier, which is essential for having your sushi roll stay together. Long grain rice is firm and grainy. It contains less moisture. Unless you use a variety of rice specifically grown for sushi, medium grain rice will often give you a chewy final product that could disappoint. If you really cannot find short grain rice, then we do have some tips for medium grain rice varieties that can work well with sushi.

Keep in mind that unless you are purchasing your rice from a specialty store, there is even a risk of medium grain rice being mislabeled as short grain!

The shorter the grains of rice, the stickier it will be when cooked.

Can you use long grain rice for sushi?

No, no, no! Please do not try to make sushi with long grain rice. You are going to be so disappointed. Long grain rice is the dryest of all the types of rice. It will not stick together properly. If you absolutely must cook sushi with long grain rice, place the rolls into a bowl so that when they fall apart at least you can eat the remains!

But other recipes let me substitute medium grain rice for short grain rice!

In many dishes, short grain and medium grain rice can be used interchangeably. Your dish will not be truly authentic but it will be palatable. This is not the case for sushi. Sushi very much requires the stickiness that short grain rice provides. There are some exceptions. If you absolutely cannot find short grain sushi rice, some medium grain varieties such as Calrose rice can be used. It will not be quite as authentic as using short grain rice, but it is fine if you are in a pinch. Calrose rice has been cultivated in California since the 1950s as a Western version of authentic rice and is actually quite good.

There is no hard and fast rule against using medium grain rice. Some varieties of starchy medium grain rice can hold itself together as you prepare and serve the dish. If you want to create truly authentic sushi, however, you should use short grain Japanese rice.

What type of rice is used for sushi?

Koshihikari rice is the most incredible sushi rice you will find. It is very sticky! While Westerners call this rice “sushi rice”, Japanese people simply know it as rice! (What do French people call French toast, I wonder?)
If you do have to use medium grain rice, definitely go for a Calrose variety.

Is stickier always better?

Nope! Sticky is good, but there is such a thing as too sticky. The most glutinous Japanese rice is great for other Japanese dishes, but is simply too clumpy and sticky when cooked to be perfect for sushi.

Welcome to the future: Sushi Making Robots

It might not be as good as an expert sushi chef, but robotics have improved drastically over the last decade.

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As shown in the video below, this robot can make simple sushi rolls.

While it is simply assembling ingredients that have already been laid out, you have to admit that technology is pretty damn cool. Would you eat at a sushi restaurant where a machine was making your food?

This robot is not the only one that can make sushi. There is also a rather creepy robot that has a human hand! Honestly, this some seems like it would be a little off-putting as it served you up a roll.