"Why yes, we do have a female sushi chef. She also happens to be Caucasian. Her name is Mariah Kmitta, and we are blessed to have her behind our sushi bar." Sushi chef Hajime Sato of Mashiko
in Seattle responds to customers who find a non-Japanese sushi chef distasteful with "An Open Letter to Bigot Diners"
. The opinion is not universally accepted. Slate author LV Anderson wonders
, "does raising your eyebrows at a white sushi chef really make you a bigot?" [more inside]
posted by saeculorum
on Sep 5, 2013 -
is one of the strangest videos I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their sushi, or why. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Aug 6, 2013 -
"North Korea is a mythically strange land, an Absurdistan, where almost nothing is known about the people or, more important, their missile-launching leaders. There is, however, one man—a humble sushi chef from Japan—who infiltrated the inner sanctum, becoming the Dear Leader's cook, confidant, and court jester.
What is life like serving Kim Jong-il and his heir? A strange and dangerous gig where the food and drink never stop, the girls are all virgins, and you're never really safe." (via @stevesilberman)
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 3, 2013 -
It was the time, when I was eating sashimi at a bar, fiddling with my iPad.
A slice of Tuna accidentally dropped on the iPad.
At that time, I hurriedly got rid of the sashimi, wiped it off,
Later I found that suddenly. In the first place,
If iPad were a dish, there are no problem
posted by desjardins
on Jul 22, 2010 -
Insect Sushi Shoichi Uchiyama
makes sushi of a different kind
. Academic studies have shown insects are rich in nutrition and many are even more nutritionally balanced than meat or fish... In addition, they grow much faster and require less feed than animals and fish, and leftover vegetables are enough to farm many kinds of bugs. They grow in small spaces and don't compete with human beings over food... Recipes
inside. (via Scribal Terror) [more inside]
posted by caddis
on Sep 29, 2009 -
, derived from fuku (to blow
), is one of the more infamous meals you can order, celebrated in haiku and pop culture
. It's popular enough, however, that there are "farms" raising 10,000 tons of blowfish
the Japanese consume each year.
Adam Platt, the latest American to document the dish, dines out on fugu six ways
: fugu sashimi, fried fugu ribs, hot fugu porridge, smoked fugu fins, and two variations of "white babies". [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll
on Apr 30, 2008 -
Sushi Science and Hamburger Science: I had always regarded science as universal and believed there are no differences in science at all between countries. But I was wrong. People with different cultures think in different ways, and therefore their science also may well be different. In this essay, I will describe differences I have observed between Western science and Eastern science. Let me start with a parable......
posted by Rumple
on Feb 24, 2008 -
Sheets of kombu (kelp) covered with herring roe; big white sacs of octopus roe. Among a biochromatic wealth of mysterious mollusks and other sea invertebrates of unknown nature, I see the weirdest creature I've ever seen. Now, that's a fucking organism. Tom Asakawa looks at it awhile, too. Hoya, or sea pineapple. "Sea pineapple," he says. "Attaches to rocks in the ocean. Tastes something like iodine. Sendai people like it." It looks nothing like a pineapple. It looks like something that could exist only in a purely hallucinatory eco-system. It looks like, I don't know, maybe an otherworldly marital aid of inscrutable purpose for the brides of Satan. "I need to eat that," I say. "I'll see what I can do," Tom says.
Nick Tosches visits Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market
for Vanity Fair. [previously
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Jun 3, 2007 -
Comedy duo, Ramenz
(ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC
, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea
, and Relationships
) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
posted by ikahime
on Mar 29, 2007 -
helps you find sushi restaurants in selected US cities. The site has editorial reviews, as well as user reviews and ratings. One helpful feature allows you to type in a street corner (e.g. 3rd and Main) and it will find the sushi joints nearest to that location.
posted by pitchblende
on Aug 19, 2005 -
Learn to make sushi
with online videos. Chef Hyday, professional sushi chef, & amateur tv personality will guide you through step by step. You will learn everything from how to prepare the raw fish
, proper manners
, different types of sushi
, (win media links) and of course how to make rolled sushi.
He covers it all, from the California roll to the complicated rainbow roll, he'll guide you through every step. I almost feel guilty watching it, it’s almost like revealing the secrets to a magic trick.
An invaluable resource for anyone who might be interested in learning to roll their own sushi at home.
posted by joelf
on Nov 25, 2004 -
Love sushi? Love race cars? Wish there was some way to combine the two?
Supaa Sushi Races
Like Wacky Races
, but with joy of driving sushi. Flash, possibly NSFW if you think a cartoon woman with her top off would be a bit much.
posted by Katemonkey
on Jun 27, 2003 -
Apparently I live in the most diverse city in the United States.
Synagogue arsons, propane-tank-bomb-plotting and suburban hate crime aside, Sacramento is a pretty neat place, especially since my wife (Korean-American) and I (Jewish) can afford to own a house on our meager incomes and still go out to eat Pho
(Ethiopian), Som Tum
(Korean) all within a short drive. It's not San Francisco, but neither is the cost of living. Do you notice the tension caused by resistance to diversity in your town, or are you too busy eating the sushi
posted by luriete
on Aug 29, 2002 -