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2019-04-11 10:22:04 PM  
Finally, to really make the roll sing, he added a little mayonnaise.

I've heard this once before. Maybe I haven't eaten enough sushi but I have never in my life seen mayo on any of it.
 
2019-04-12 12:05:51 AM  

fusillade762: Finally, to really make the roll sing, he added a little mayonnaise.

I've heard this once before. Maybe I haven't eaten enough sushi but I have never in my life seen mayo on any of it.


Spider rolls often contain Japanese mayo which is similar but different than "regular" mayo.

/Every California roll I have ever tried has been an abomination.
 
2019-04-12 12:06:45 AM  

fusillade762: Finally, to really make the roll sing, he added a little mayonnaise.

I've heard this once before. Maybe I haven't eaten enough sushi but I have never in my life seen mayo on any of it.


When I pick up sushi for my wife at the store, tshe always wants the "spicy" versions which have a spiced mayo topping (usually orange). I can't stomach the taste of seafood (though I keep trying, it's supposed to be healthier than what I eat) and where we buy sushi is usually Midwestern grocery stores with parking lots I can fit my Freightliner into. Though I did get some tex-mex sushi once at a Laredo HEB that would cause apoplexy among purists. My wife appreciated the experience but preferred the mayo-based spicy sauce, which is odd because she hates mayo anything. I had to show her the ingredients list to prove the spicy sauce was mayo.
 
2019-04-12 12:13:35 AM  
mayo or cream cheese just doesn't belong in sushi rolls. That is all.
 
2019-04-12 12:24:40 AM  

Kirablue42: mayo or cream cheese just doesn't belong in sushi rolls. That is all.


In Japan, you can get little hamburger and cheeseburger patties on a nigiri sushi for ¥99 at chain kaiten sushi places.

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And a lot of the cheap "gunkan maki" or battleship rolls  have mayo in.

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California rolls are pretty gross IMO, but not the mayo.
 
2019-04-12 12:48:04 AM  
California rolls are nasty. Maki rolls are great (cucumber and/or avocado) and nigiri is right and tight.
Have noticed the increase of drizzles on sushi rolls and other stuff in the last few years. Tried them a couple times and while they were OK, I guess, I feel that simple sushi is the best. Best taste, best mouth feel.
 
2019-04-12 01:01:40 AM  
The mayo in the Cali roll most of you eat is in the form of crab salad.  Most places use crab salad, avocado, and daikon inside.  I don't mind it, but my wife and son hate it.

They order "california roll no mayo" and get them made the way Tojo did in TFA, with solid crab (or Krab(tm)) and a tiny drizzle of sauce instead of the salad.  Sushi chefs are usually quite happy to make things to order.

Good ones, anyway.
 
2019-04-12 03:09:50 AM  

baxterdog: drizzles


Fun fact: Bukkake is the Japanese word for "drizzle" (sometimes "splash") and it is not unusual to see it on menus here. I do not recommend GISing "bukkake menu".

Kirablue42: mayo or cream cheese just doesn't belong in sushi rolls. That is all.


doglover already covered it, but I'll confirm. Lots of sushi in Japan has mayonnaise. My local has Salmon Nigiri (slice of salmon on rice) for the traditionalists, and then what they call "Salmon Carpaccio" (the same thing, but with sliced red onion and mayo on top as well). I see more of the second being consumed than the first.  It's actually pretty good, the tanginess of the onions and the sweetness of the mayo complement the salmon.
 
2019-04-12 03:52:38 AM  

kyuzokai: baxterdog: drizzles

Fun fact: Bukkake is the Japanese word for "drizzle" (sometimes "splash") and it is not unusual to see it on menus here. I do not recommend GISing "bukkake menu".

Kirablue42: mayo or cream cheese just doesn't belong in sushi rolls. That is all.

doglover already covered it, but I'll confirm. Lots of sushi in Japan has mayonnaise. My local has Salmon Nigiri (slice of salmon on rice) for the traditionalists, and then what they call "Salmon Carpaccio" (the same thing, but with sliced red onion and mayo on top as well). I see more of the second being consumed than the first.  It's actually pretty good, the tanginess of the onions and the sweetness of the mayo complement the salmon.


The mayo, sure, fine. Red onion? By all that's holy, I'd hate that on any sushi. I'd probably opt for lutefisk over any raw onion. Just not my cup of tea.

/hey, what are those pounded rice treats the Japanese traditionally make on new year's (if I was told correctly)?
 
2019-04-12 04:08:46 AM  

Pancoaifo: kyuzokai: baxterdog: drizzles

Fun fact: Bukkake is the Japanese word for "drizzle" (sometimes "splash") and it is not unusual to see it on menus here. I do not recommend GISing "bukkake menu".

Kirablue42: mayo or cream cheese just doesn't belong in sushi rolls. That is all.

doglover already covered it, but I'll confirm. Lots of sushi in Japan has mayonnaise. My local has Salmon Nigiri (slice of salmon on rice) for the traditionalists, and then what they call "Salmon Carpaccio" (the same thing, but with sliced red onion and mayo on top as well). I see more of the second being consumed than the first.  It's actually pretty good, the tanginess of the onions and the sweetness of the mayo complement the salmon.

The mayo, sure, fine. Red onion? By all that's holy, I'd hate that on any sushi. I'd probably opt for lutefisk over any raw onion. Just not my cup of tea.

/hey, what are those pounded rice treats the Japanese traditionally make on new year's (if I was told correctly)?


They do usually soak the onions in an ice bath first and they're sliced paper thin, so they're pretty mild  but to each his own  

As for pounded rice, that's mochi. People die every year choking on it, as it's very sticky and chewy.
 
2019-04-12 09:30:15 AM  
Forget the California roll, what is this roll called?

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2019-04-12 11:13:30 AM  
Japanese fish markets may smell like watermelon or cucumber, but all of the Asia supermarkets around here that sell fresh seafood reek of it.
 
2019-04-12 11:28:10 AM  

Number 216: Forget the California roll, what is this roll called?

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A waste of good nigiri?
 
2019-04-12 12:14:11 PM  
That 'fish' smell is the odor of decomposition.  Microbial action on proteins, specifically.  Putrescence.

Now, sometimes putrefaction, controlled putrefaction, is a desired effect.  Think dry aged beef.  The flavor and tenderness are enhanced. Cheese and yogurt.  And some individuals or even whole cultures have developed a taste for stinky fish.

But generally it's an indication that the fish hasn't been gutted, cleaned, stored and/or transported properly and allowed to decompose.   It's not inedible yet, but it's getting there.

And if your culture is used to eating its fish within hours of reaching the pier, that means it's already too far gone.  Until around 1990, it was still too expensive to get truly fresh seafood to landlocked markets, so people associated that odor with fish in general.  And still do. 

So it's no surprise that the Cali Roll is America's favorite maki.
 
2019-04-12 05:26:14 PM  

doglover: Kirablue42: mayo or cream cheese just doesn't belong in sushi rolls. That is all.

In Japan, you can get little hamburger and cheeseburger patties on a nigiri sushi for ¥99 at chain kaiten sushi places.

And a lot of the cheap "gunkan maki" or battleship rolls  have mayo in.

California rolls are pretty gross IMO, but not the mayo.


With that username, I assumed you would be more into Vietnamese food.
 
2019-04-12 11:01:53 PM  

Number 216: Forget the California roll, what is this roll called?

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Something I want to put my dick in.
 
2019-04-13 03:05:28 AM  

Number 216: Forget the California roll, what is this roll called?

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Don't know what it's called, but I want it.
 
2019-04-13 03:13:25 AM  

bughunter: So it's no surprise that the Cali Roll is America's favorite maki.


Is it, though?  I don't know anybody who actually likes it that much, it's just the thing you get when you don't really trust the chef.
 
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