Known for its versatility, sushi’s continued growth in the United States is by no means surprising. Since the invention of California Roll in the 1970s, sushi restaurants like Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge continue to satisfy patron’s taste for the delicious Japanese delicacy. In fact, IBISWorld estimates the sushi industry grows at a rate of approximately 3 percent each year.
Creating the Dish Known as Sushi in Japan
Japanese chefs dish up two forms of sushi. Nigiri sushi places a slice of raw fish over a small mound of sushi rice. Maki sushi is the rolled form you’re likely the most familiar with, where rice, vegetables and seafood get wrapped up with dried nori.
Experts remain uncertain exactly when sushi actually originated, but some believe it goes back to the 1600s. At the time, fresh fish were often packed in salt and rice. When the time came to eat the fish, the remaining fermented rice stuck together in a paste-like form. The fermented fish was eaten with the rice clinging to it. As time passed, people switched to eating raw fish without preserving it. Vinegar added acidity to the rice to mimic the meals of the past.
Bringing the Popular Cuisine to the U.S.
Sushi came to the U.S. in the 1900s, but it fell out of fashion. It really wasn’t until after World War II that it gained a following. Sushi restaurants started popping up in major cities, specifically Los Angeles and New York City.
In the 1970s, a chef in a Los Angeles restaurant created the California Roll and drew new attention to the Japanese food. As seasons limited the availability of certain fish, he used avocado to create a buttery feel and added crab for the seafood flavor. His goal was to use readily available ingredients to mimic sushi made with tuna belly.
Within 10 years, the California Roll gained a huge following. Chefs met the increased demand by inventing new flavor combinations. Since then, an abundance of sushi restaurants and schools have reached many corners of the U.S.
Learning Sushi Has No Limits
At Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge, regulars enjoy thinking up new flavor combinations. Sometimes, we use customer’s suggestions as our featured Roll of the Month.
Our sushi chefs turn their attention to ingredients like cream cheese, jalapenos and shrimp tempura. These new creations reach a wide variety of diners, including those on strict vegetarian or vegan diets. The Avocado Cucumber Roll is one of our many popular vegetarian rolls.
Creating Rolls That Appeal to All
Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge offers some tempting combinations. Try the Captain Jack Roll that tops a spicy salmon and avocado roll with salmon, fresh mango and diced jalapenos. The Mexican Roll delights a craving for spice with barbecued eel, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, spicy mayonnaise and wasabi mayonnaise. Stop by soon to try these and other delicious Japanese dishes. Make your reservation online or by calling 630-637-8899.