This looked pretty cool.
This looked pretty cool.
Yes, I love the concept of every slice of sashimi having its' own condiment. I wish this place was here in Chicago, I am JEALOUS!!!
I do this all the time at my place. Sushi has such a delicately balanced flavor profile and the last thing I need is for someone who doesn't know any better to completely drown the whole thing, completely saturating it in soy sauce making the whole thing taste like, well, just soy sauce. I'm sorry, call me pretentious if you will, but there is a line I draw in the sand when it comes to this stuff. I let the members have whatever they want in regards to substitutions on everything. But this is where I get to say, "No, that's the dish." Don't get me started on pickled ginger either. It does not go on the sushi dammit!!! It is a palate cleanser!! But I'm just a "kitchen guy" what do I know?
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I like the flavors that the various condiments can add to the mix, but I find it more troublesome to eat the nigiri sushi this way. I normally eat with my fingers, tip the piece onto its side and then when I put it in my mouth it's fish-side down onto my tongue. That's not gonna happen with nigiri topped with condiments. I end up with rice on my tongue first and I find that way I don't taste as much of the nuance in the fish. I enjoy some of the sushi I eat this way, but they are the more strongly flavored sushi.
Call me old-fashioned but I still prefer the "classical" nigiri. The "new" way with condiments looks really nice, but I like actually eating the old style better.
In my personal experience, in Japan, this is normal. Granted, toppings such as herbs, and other condiments are not placed on each piece of sushi, but each piece of sushi is usually dressed with sauce by the chef. No soy sauce, no wasabi to be added by the customer. In Jiro Dreams of Sushi, as I recall, almost every piece of sushi served by Jiro was served with sauce.
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While in Ohio, we went to a Japanese bbq place. My sis. got just a tuna roll, were as I got a red dragon roll. Guess what one everyone ate? Btw, she put both wasabi and pickled ginger on all her rolls. Except the red dragon roll.
I was proud of her any way just because she would never eat fish as a kid. I always would tell her that fresh fish won't taste fishy but what did I know.