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Sushi for dummies - advice please!

Hey,

So, I am interested in trying out sushi. However...! I really don't like raw fish and would like to stick to the cooked stuff. But I need to know if when you have 'cooked' sushi, is it served hot or is it cold? I really have no idea...

I have a lot of alergies food-wise but fish is really good for me and I've been wanting to try it for a while. But I'd like to stick to salmon or white fish. Maybe if I get on with it I can work my way through the other types.

So lastly, any recommendations on locations in the Zurich area?

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Hey,

So, I am interested in trying out sushi. However...! I really don't like raw fish and would like to stick to the cooked stuff. But I need to know if when you have 'cooked' sushi, is it served hot or is it cold? I really have no idea...

I have a lot of alergies food-wise but fish is really good for me and I've been wanting to try it for a while. But I'd like to stick to salmon or white fish. Maybe if I get on with it I can work my way through the other types.

So lastly, any recommendations on locations in the Zurich area?

Cheers
Sushi with salmon or white fish tend to be raw, so not really advisable at the moment if you are apprehensive about trying raw sushi. Most of the cooked stuff will not be served hot as well - room temperature at most.

You can start off with these to ease yourself in. I'll post more if they pop into mind. Enjoy!

1. california rolls - crab meat (cooked) with advocado


2. Tamago sushi (egg)



3. Unagi sushi: eel - dont let the eel put you off. Its sweet and extremely tasty!


4. Kappa Ma sushi: cucumber


5. Ebi sushi: cooked prawns


6. Inari sushi: just sushi rice stuffed into a piece of fried tofu pouch
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

summerrain... you seem pretty "up on sushi" so...
ebi sushi... what do you do with the tails? ( no really )

I never seem to know.. bite them off , cut them ( well no... there are never knives ) or... swallow
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summerrain... you seem pretty "up on sushi" so...
ebi sushi... what do you do with the tails? ( no really )

I never seem to know.. bite them off , cut them ( well no... there are never knives ) or... swallow
Er, I throw the tails away after eating the rest.
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

oooh...Ebi and Unagi could be a good place to start! Thanks Summerrain
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If you prefer cooked fish, the Japanese themselves do a maki sushi roll with tinned tuna. It's very popular there and you'll find it everywhere. Flake the cold tuna in a bowl and mix it with mayonnaise. Make sure you squeeze all the oil out of the tuna. I actually prefer to use tuna preserved in water rather than oil. Tinned tuna works really well with the rice, seaweed and soy dipping sauce. If you want, you can also add strips of cucumber.

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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

Also possible to have ebi tempura sushi.
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

Just remember, besides the preparation of the rice, there is no hard and fast rule for sushi. Experiment with different combinations.

When handling the rice keep your hands and knife wet
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Now I'm flipping hungry! Cheers and thanks alot.
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

What about the sauses that you get with sushi? Is there any particular combination which must not be tried?

I know only the wasabi, very hot....
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

Another approach would be to try any sushi combo that interests you, then batter & lightly fry just enough to cristp the batter. This technique is called tempura sushi & it adds a nice crunch & satisfying fat-in-mouth feel to a variety of sushi. It is usually served right out of the pan warm.

For instance, see: http://www.marisabaggett.com/2009/04...a-sushi-rolls/
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

Just the soju (soy sauce). You can add some wasabi if you want some more heat. Important point, do not soak your sushi in the soy sauce. Just a dab. The ingredients tend to be quite delicate and you do not want to overpower it with the sauce. Its just to add some saltiness to bring out the flavor.

Always get a shiver, when I see people pay a fortune for blue fin tuna (one of the hardest foods I have tried to stop eating), then drop the sushi into soy sauce to the point where the sushi starts to disintegrate. There should never be any rice floating in your soy sauce.
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

OK, I'm thinking Saturday is the day to try some sushi! I'm getting hungry and I have no idea what it tastes like!
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blue fin tuna (one of the hardest foods I have tried to stop eating)
Why did you stop eating it - because it's endangered (is it?) or expensive??

Also, for me, properly roasted unagi is the king of sushi - must be served with proper unagi sauce and in my opinion not dipped in soju or wasabi

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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

you probably really dont like raw fish because you did not taste it very often. Raw fish, for example the classic style tuna or salmon sushi, with a dab of soya sauce, and a touch of the green wasabi paste (just a touch at the beginning) will make a classic introduction for you and really ... really.... you should give them a go.

try them and see for yourself.... takes a little getting used to, but very tasty after awhile. the good thing is, there is no strong "fishy" taste, it tastes quite pure.

I can recommend Yoojis close to bellevue in zurich as a great takeaway sushi house.
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Why did you stop eating it - because it's endangered (is it?) or expensive??
Never saw that unagi sauce. I tend to eat it without anything. Need to keep an eye out next time I am at a sushiya.

Blue Fin tuna is unfortunately highly endangered. And while having a beautiful cut of maguro at Tsukiji is sublime, I am trying to restrain myself. Easier to do so in Switzerland.
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Yes, I find sushi here to be very poor - Lake Side is the best out of a bad bunch. The unagi sauce it a little bit like teriyaki or plum sauce and really goes well with the roasted nature of the unagi, a bit like duck or chicken and fruits. I normally plug Atari-ya in London as incredible sushi, so this won't be an exception
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Never saw that unagi sauce. I tend to eat it without anything. Need to keep an eye out next time I am at a sushiya.

Blue Fin tuna is unfortunately highly endangered. And while having a beautiful cut of maguro at Tsukiji is sublime, I am trying to restrain myself. Easier to do so in Switzerland.
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

If you like cooked salmon, you should also try the Salmon Skin handroll, which is cooked. The salmon skin is usually warm, and the rice should be at room temperature.



Bon appetit!
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Re: Sushi for dummies - advice please!

I thought of another - the soft shell crab handroll. The crab's fried and extremely tasty, wrapped with nori (seaweed), rice, advocado and sometimes cucumber. 2-3 of these and I am all set..

Havent been able to get my hands on soft shell crab here in Zurich but if anybody gets a chance to, its worth a try.

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