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My top 5 pieces of Sushi

My top 5 pieces of Sushi

I know you've all been laying in bed at night and wondering what my 5 fave sushis are. Well, today is your lucky day.

Blake_Morse

I know I tend to celebrate the more unique or intriguing local dishes that I find here in the SF Bay Area in my Cortex posts, but today I'm taking a differnt approach. Intead of talking about special food stuffs, I'm taking a look at some fresh fish you'd be able to find in just about any sushi spot out there. That's right, these are my top 5 pieces of sushi. There are a lot of really great specialty rolls out there, but a lot of those tend to vary from spot to spot. For instance, a Dragon Roll at one restaurant could be completely different at another. With that in mind, I decided to stick with more traditional pieces that you can find just about anywhere.

5. California Roll

Look, I know what you're thinking, this is sort of a cop out. But check it, when was the last time you went out for sushi and didn't get a CA roll? A lot of times this oh so generic staple is the barometer for whether or not you're about to enjoy the rest of your meal. Sure, imitation crab isn't good for you, but that's how it is for most stuff you enjoy in life, right?

4. Tekka Maki

Another very common roll that's nothing more than tuna and rice rolled in seaweed. I know there's not a lot going on here, but there's just something about this trifecta of ingredients that's pleasing to the palette. Another staple that I tend to order all the time.

3. Garlic Albacore hand roll

                                 

Not all rolls are just cut-up toobs of uncooked fish meat. Sometimes they come wrapped more like a little seaweed pita. And that's how I like to eat my garlic albacore sushi. I honestly don't know if there's a real flavor difference eating it this way, it's just nice to switch things up a little bit now and then. The garlic compliments the saltiness of the fish with some of its spiciness and gives each bite a nice profile.

2. Unagi/Eel

     

I love the taste of eel so much that I named one of my bands Unagi. True story.  Not only do I love the way it tastes and the fact that it has its own special sauce, but it's just so friggin' cool to eat an eel! Those things look nutso! They're basically the snakes of the sea. I don't know if it technically counts as sushi because it's cooked, but whatever. If you have an issue with it, you can make your own sushi list.

1. Saba/Mackerel 

I hands-down love evrything about a nice cut of mackerel. It's one of the few pieces where the skin is still on the cut, which gives it a nice, silver glow that entices your eyes before it even gets anywhere near your mouth. The consistency is a bit more coarse than salmon or tuna, but a good piece almost melts in your mouth. And I don't know how else to say it, but it tastes like the ocean. It's just got a brineyness to it that I don't get from other fish that really drives home its flavor profile for me. 

Well, there you have it, these are just some of my personal favorite cuts. Do you have a go-to sushi order? Do you detest fish? Let me know what's up in the comments!

From The Chatty
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    August 11, 2021 7:16 PM

    What's sushi floats your boat?

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      August 11, 2021 7:20 PM

      Imitation crab is bad for you? :(

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      August 11, 2021 7:26 PM

      Good list but I'd swap out a salmon nigiri for the hand roll or Cali roll

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      August 11, 2021 7:27 PM

      First of all, I prefer maki rolls and hand rolls in general.

      I'm a fan of spicy tuna rolls. Spider rolls are damn tasty. Philadelphia rolls are good.

      While I'm obviously not a purist, I do tend to be judgy about quality and flavor, and super duper judgy about cost saving ingredient substitutions.

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        August 11, 2021 7:32 PM

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          August 11, 2021 7:59 PM

          Imitation/low quality fish? Not surprising. I've had some pretty dodgy spicy tuna rolls, even from places that seem like good quality otherwise.

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            August 11, 2021 8:47 PM

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              August 11, 2021 8:53 PM

              Fair, though I do care somewhat less if the difference isn't noticeable and it's not unsafe.

              I have had some spicy tuna rolls that managed to have a weird texture, almost like the filling was put in a blender, and managed to not be spicy at all. I was very sad.

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      August 11, 2021 7:27 PM

      Whoa, bonus points for your #1 pick. Surprised to see it even make the list. I’m usually the only person who orders it.

      Nothing wrong with a good CA roll, especially since it’s one of the easiest to make at home. You can also mix in some minced cooked shrimp (precooked frozen are available in every store) if you want to change things up.

      The albacore garlic hand roll sounds great, but I’m guessing that’s a roll unique to your local bar. I’d love to try it some time. Albacore is a good choice though. Better than tuna, IMO.

      Only thing missing is a yellowtail item. That’s the best sushi fish imo.

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      August 11, 2021 7:32 PM

      Whatever you do, get a tube of this to go with it.
      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0068DN5FA

      The real stuff, not the horseradish stuff, and let the amount you use air out for about 5-10 minutes or so before you use it. It's quite strong so go easy.

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      August 11, 2021 7:36 PM

      Unagi, all day every day baby. I love those dirty little eels.

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      August 11, 2021 7:42 PM

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      August 11, 2021 7:47 PM

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      August 11, 2021 7:48 PM

      Salmon anything. Will eat any and all salmon.

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      August 11, 2021 7:51 PM

      I like ones that have a bit of crunch. Like tempura shrimp or whatever.

      I mean I'll go for about anything. I usually get a combo (california or tuna roll, 6-8 pieces of nigiri that they choose). Then I'll get some other special roll.

      I try to avoid imitation crab. I mean it's right in the name...I'm there for real stuff I guess.

      Don't remember what's in it, but I think this one was $25 from Sushi Kappo Tamura.

      https://i.imgur.com/VdCU1gB.jpg

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      August 11, 2021 8:13 PM

      Masago

      Rainbow Roll which seems like the roll with the most fish and lacks a heavy sauce

      Lemon Roll which is more or less a california roll with salmon on top and lemon with rind which adds some zip. Does have ponzu sauce though.

      http://chattypics.com/files/shackbrowseUpload_is4zpbgm2a.png

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        August 11, 2021 8:38 PM

        Lemon roll is fun and tasty.

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        August 11, 2021 10:00 PM

        I can't handle the rind. I always have to take it off.

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      August 11, 2021 8:30 PM

      Kanpachi all the way every day

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      August 11, 2021 8:30 PM

      I always get:

      spicy tuna roll
      wild salmon sashimi
      some kind of cali roll with unagi on top

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        August 11, 2021 8:31 PM

        there's a place right next to my work and they have a roll called "nude boy roll" which is a sus name, but it's like california roll with salmon sashimi wrapped around it

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      August 11, 2021 8:32 PM

      Anything with soy sauce

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      August 11, 2021 8:36 PM

      Tuna maki and salmon avocado maki are simple but so good

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      August 11, 2021 8:38 PM

      1- albacore nigiri
      2- spicy toro roll
      3- amaebi nigiri
      4- mirugai nigiri
      5- real kani nigiri

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      August 11, 2021 8:45 PM

      I think I don't love the texture of the seaweed in maki.

      I haven't had a lot of it.

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      August 11, 2021 8:53 PM

      If you like unagi I cannot recommend visiting the town of Narita if you ever visit Japan. The town is best known for the airport that is named after it, but the town itself is known for their unagi.

      You can take a free tour of the town with a volunteer tour guide if you sign up ahead of time at the airport’s website. They have different themes for different interests. Even if you don’t go with a tour guide you can grab some yummy unagi while you visit the small town.

      Here’s a shot I took of some men preparing the eel:
      https://i.imgur.com/7fUNn6K.jpg

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        August 11, 2021 8:53 PM

        Oops I mean I do recommend visiting Narita, that typo really changes the whole meaning.

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          August 11, 2021 9:10 PM

          I took it as, don’t do this because everything else is a competitive letdown afterwards.

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          August 11, 2021 10:59 PM

          I mean i kind of agree if you like Sushi dont go to Japan because there is no going back.

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            August 12, 2021 7:29 AM

            This is totally true. Despite enjoying all kinds of sushi in the past in the West, I can't get excited about it now because I'm not in Japan nor coastal Taiwan.

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        August 11, 2021 10:05 PM

        The only part of Narita I've been to is the airport, and the sushi I got there made me sick on the flight home. I'll definitely try to check out some local spots the next time I go. Thanks for the tip!

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          August 12, 2021 6:59 AM

          I went to the famous sushi restaurant in Narita and it was pretty good.

          Sorry you got sick!

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      August 11, 2021 9:40 PM

      I’m just going to say it. I like grocery store sushi.

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      August 11, 2021 10:11 PM

      Salmon all day. Does that mean I’m boring? :(

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        August 11, 2021 10:39 PM

        Salmon nigiri, that is. With a dab of wasabi under the salmon in between the rice. I could eat like 2 dozen if you let me

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      August 11, 2021 10:14 PM

      Basic bitch California roll. Love them. With plenty of soy and wasabi.

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      August 12, 2021 2:06 AM

      Can we talk about how amazing real/fresh wasabi is compared to the horseradish stuff? I love the fake stuff but getting the real thing is such a joy and I’ve only discovered it in the last few years. Definitely sushi’s best kept secret.

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        August 12, 2021 10:02 AM

        I've look d into growing it and apparently it takes like 10 years to grow.

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      August 12, 2021 3:27 AM

      1. Uni
      2. Toro
      3. Salmon
      4. Yellowtail
      5. Spanish mackerel

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      August 12, 2021 5:40 AM

      Tangent: if you want a movie to put you in the mood, check out East Side Sushi on Amazon.

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      August 12, 2021 6:58 AM

      Yah saba is one of my favorites.

      The other is tamago.

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      August 12, 2021 7:00 AM

      Ok this thread makes me want to order sushi for lunch

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        August 12, 2021 7:05 AM

        Yeaaah.

        Sometimes on my day off (today) I'll go out to eat all the fishes with a friend. Or I just go myself for lunch. Good times. I think today I'm in the mood.

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      August 12, 2021 7:19 AM

      fatty tuna
      mackerel
      masago
      yellow tail
      octopus

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      August 12, 2021 7:20 AM

      not having uni on your list makes your list invalid sorry Blake_Morse

      Uni is the best. Especially Hokkaido Uni. YUMMMMMMM

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      August 12, 2021 7:31 AM

      Eel crew checking in :: salute ::

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      August 12, 2021 7:32 AM

      There was this place in Louisville that had a sushi roll with fried lobster tempura, cucumber, avocado, crab and sliced lemon. The sliced lemon 100% makes this delicious, and now I'm a fan of any roll with shellfish and lemon.

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      August 12, 2021 7:47 AM

      Bluefin tuna (本マグロ hon-maguro), salmon, and unagi (eel) are my top three.

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      August 12, 2021 10:06 AM

      Good nigiri is the absolute king of sushi for me

      Salmon, o toro, yellowtail

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      August 12, 2021 10:08 AM

      Anything yellowtail or eel.

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      August 12, 2021 10:29 AM

      Octopus, eel, and squid nigiri for life!

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      August 12, 2021 11:02 AM

      I’m in total agreement with your top two!

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      August 12, 2021 5:02 PM

      Really glad y'all enjoyed this post and it sounds like a lot of you have some pretty good taste in sushi too! :D

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