What exactly is Mexican sushi?

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 fryer. 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 clientele.

What is in one of these rolls?

These 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 them?

If you’re lucky enough to live in L.A., you’re in the right spot for Mexi 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 nutritious 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 this cultural fusion. I personally prefer more authentic styles of sushi. Luckily, most Mexican sushi restaurants also offer traditional Mexican food, which is absolutely delicious!

Warren Ransom

I have always been fascinated by the creation and culture of different foods, particularly sushi and sashimi in the modern era of Japanese cuisine. I am a classically trained chef and sushi connoisseur, also having operated a food service company and enjoy investigating and experimenting with food around the world.

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