Sushi is a dish that has evolved over the course of many centuries. In that time, a number of different ingredients have become popular in sushi rolls. Here are a few of the most common ingredients in modern sushi.
Originally, rice was not included with sushi. Instead, it was packed inside of fish and allowed to ferment, a process which preserved the fish. The rice was then thrown out. Over time, diners began to eat the rice. Eventually, fermented rice was no longer required to prepare sushi, and seasoned rice was used to mimic the traditional flavor. Today, rice is one of the cornerstones of sushi rolls.
A variety of fish, either cooked or raw, may be used in sushi. Different types of shellfish are very popular options. Meat from crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, is a common choice, as is krab, a form of imitation crab meat made from different varieties of white fish.
While avocado is not a traditional sushi ingredient, it has become one of the most popular. In the late 1970s, the California roll, which combined krab, avocado, cucumbers, and rice, was created. This roll served as a bridge between Western palates and traditional sushi flavors while popularizing the use of avocado in sushi rolls.
Japanese cucumbers are a more traditional sushi ingredient. These cucumbers are generally thinner than European slicing cucumbers with rougher skin. However, it is common for other varieties of cucumber to be used in sushi rolls today.
Another Western addition to sushi rolls is cream cheese. The Philadelphia roll, for example, is an American sushi roll that combines cream cheese and salmon. The mild flavor of cream cheese works well to balance out the stronger, sometimes spicy flavors of traditional sushi ingredients, such as vinegar and wasabi.
At Kabuki, we offer a wide variety of traditional sashimi, sushi rolls, and specialty rolls. Take a look at our menu online or stop by the location nearest to you today to learn more.