Becoming popular in California in the 1960’s, sushi recipes have evolved over the years in both the United States and Japan. The biggest differences in the two today is the freshness of the product in Japan compared to the U.S. Fresh fish is readily available in Japan, making it easier for sushi bar owners to have the highest quality products available at all times. This isn’t always so in the U.S., and sushi chefs have adapted their recipes to the availability of fresh fish and the palates of their customers.
American Sushi vs. Japanese Sushi
The freshness of the fish is not the only difference. Unlike American sushi restaurants that often serve dishes other than sushi, in Japan, a sushi bar is just that. A bar at which one sits and interacts with the sushi chef who makes suggestions to their customers based on the product on hand. Since they are not bound to a large, expansive menu, where hibachi-grilled food and other Asian meals are side by side with sushi offerings, sushi chefs in Japan are focused on sushi, only. They often interact with their customers, much as the bartender of your favorite neighborhood pub may do.
Over the last thirty years, Japanese and American sushi recipes have melded, and it is not uncommon to see sushi bars in Japan serving American-style sushi, just as there are sushi bars in America that serve traditional Japanese sushi for the purists. What has come from the fusing of cultural culinary techniques are American sushi recipes that have become mainstays of the American sushi market.
One other difference in American and Japanese sushi is the way that it is rolled. Early on, sushi chefs found that Americans found the dull cover of the seaweed in which the sushi ingredients is rolled, called nori, unappealing. To fix this, they merely rolled the sushi inside out, which displays the rice on the outside.
American Sushi Creations
The Philly Roll – Made with rice, Philadelphia cream cheese and smoked salmon, this American creation has been found in Japanese sushi bars.
California Roll – Similar to rolls served in Japan, the California roll is a creation of the West Coast that has become one of the most popular in the U.S.
Spiderman – One of the many fried sushi variations, the Spiderman is made from tempura-fried soft shell crab, scallions, cream cheese and avocado, topped with red tobiko and served with wasabi cream sauce and a net (or "web") of sriracha chili sauce.
At GENKI Noodles and Sushi, we not only have some of the best sushi in Atlanta, we also have noodle bowls and other delicacies. Stop and visit us today at GENKI Highland, GENKI Buckhead or GENKI Prado and try our sushi, sashimi or a noodle bowl and enjoy some of the best fusion Asian in Atlanta.