With more and more people eating the small balls of raw fish and cold rice all the time, sushi is on a roll (pun intended). It is not surprising given how convenient it is to carry around and eat, how healthy it is compared to fried food, and how tasty it is with its combo of flavors. There seems to be a sushi restaurant in every city, and a number of online sushi delivery such as hubmalta.com/sushi-delivery. The popularity of sushi can likewise be attributed to its variety with a colorful selection of inari, nigiri and maki to choose from. So what are the top five sushi rolls that customers crave for?
With no raw fish involved, California roll is probably many people’s introduction to sushi. This classic roll combines imitation crabmeat, avocado and cucumber wrapped in nori (seaweed) and rice. As you can tell from its name, it is “Americanized” for western taste with the seaweed sheet hidden by the sushi rice as many westerners didn’t eat seaweed before. The combination of sweet crab meat, creamy avocado, and crunchy cucumber tickles the palate all at once. Some rolls are sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds for a nice crunchy bite.
The rainbow roll is a California roll topped with alternating slices of sushi grade fish or seafood. Sushi grade means the toppings are safe to prepare and eat raw. The multiple types of fish used such as salmon, tuna, sea bass, red snapper or halibut make it colorful, hence its name. It is usually ordered by customers who like different kinds of sashimi or raw fish. The marbled and layered topping of assorted fish makes this roll a wonderful way to enjoy seafood.
This sushi roll keeps it plain and simple with only three ingredients used: rice, nori and the lean part of the tuna called maguro. Also called tekkamaki, the simplicity of the tuna roll’s ingredients and cooking technique makes it quintessential Japanese. You can see the dark pink layer of raw tuna peeking from the white rice. The tuna has a nice, delicate, sweet taste and is very healthy. A variation is the spicy tuna roll which is the same roll topped with spicy mayonnaise.
Another traditional sushi roll in Japan is futomaki which means thick fat rolls. It is about 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter filled with vegetables and often cooked fish. There can be as much as 5 – 10 fillings in a futomaki but the most common ones are cucumber, shiitake mushrooms, cucumber and Japanese rolled omelet. They are held together by a sheet of nori and usually take two or three bites to finish.
The dragon roll is another thick roll with grilled eel and cucumber wrapped with nori inside and the sushi rice outside. Layers of thinly sliced avocado are used as topping that appears like dragon scales. The eel has a buttery taste, and the roll can be garnished with spicy mayo and black sesame seeds.