Sushi sounds like an intimidating food to try for the first time, but even if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of raw fish, you have plenty of safe options. Sushi is a term that refers to a wide range of foods combining rice, seaweed, fish and other ingredients. Not all sushi includes fish at all, and many involve cooked ingredients you’re already familiar with. Try these five beginner friendly maki, or sushi rolls, to experience the lighter side of sushi at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge.
Almost everyone who has sampled sushi at least once in their life has tried a classic California roll. The combination of ready to eat imitation crab, creamy avocado and crisp mild cucumber is welcoming and not at all intimidating. Here at Shinto, we roll these maki traditionally with the rice on the outside of the nori wrap, which many people find easier to eat if they’re not used to the taste of seaweed just yet.
Not up to the challenge of fish at all, even in the form of imitation crab? Start with the easiest rolls of all by sticking to strictly vegetable fillings. We’ve got a wide range of special options on the menu, from the Oshinko Maki with pickled cucumber to combinations of avocado and cucumber. The Veggie Roll itself includes asparagus, avocado, pickled cucumber and squash and kaiware radish sprouts on top.
Instead of a vacation to Maui, try the Hawaiian Roll with crispy deep fried shrimp tempura and fully cooked eel. Eel is always cooked before being used in sushi, and it has a rich and non-fishy taste most people love. We tuck cucumber and avocado into the roll for a creamy contrast and top it with wasabi and spicy tuna for a mouthwatering finish.
Start with salmon when you’re finally feeling brave enough to try a roll containing raw fish. Most people are familiar with it as a cooked dish, and it has a flavor that is not overwhelming or overtly fishy. Our roll includes cucumber for a slight sweetness that goes well with the fish.
It’s known as the Philly Roll here at Shinto, but no matter what you call it, it’s a favorite among newcomers to sushi and those with delicate taste buds alike. Familiar salmon, which is raw, yet has a very mild flavor and firm texture, pairs with cream cheese for the classic flavors of a lox bagel. Avocado rounds it all out without overwhelming the other flavors.
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