Originally posted by Rhodes
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<div style="border: 1px #999999 solid; background-color: #DCDCDC; padding: 4px;">Originally posted by Caiman
we can all go on about what sushi we like and don't like but the other sushi purists will agree with me on this one. a california roll is *not* sushi. why spend the extra money when you can get the same thing at red lobster: fake crab meat.
the best rule to follow is if a place cooks food there, it's not real sushi. a real sushi chef will not offer kobe steaks or something like that also. the chefs that are committed to the artform do nothing but sushi.
Not to be contentious here, but as far as I know California rolls were invented by a japanese sushi chef trying to make sushi more appealing to US palates - and it obviously worked! While I'm not a real fan of surimi (fake crab),I've also had cali rolls with real crab meat that were just great. I also like spider rolls, etc., along with the freshest and finest of sushi-dom, and there's nothing wrong with that. I've also had wonderful amazing sushi at places that actually cooked things as well but happened to have a great sushi bar/chef. Cooking as a divinely-inspired higher-realm art-form for purists only is fine, but I've also had lots of great sushi in private homes where there was no elitism involved - it's all about ingredients and care of preparation, not necessarily about price, setting, and attitude.
That reminds me of a couple visiting from Japan that we got to know. They invited us to their apartment, where they had live lobsters. The "men" then started the preparation of lobster shashimi, which involved grabbing a live lobster and twisting off its tail
then quickly cutting open the tail and scooping out the meat
. The lobster torso was then tossed into boiling water. Then by tradition the "women" prepared the rest of the sashimi, while the "men" retired to the living to start drinking the sake.
Very different in some ways, but then again, not that different in roles and preparation to a dinner of grilling your food!