Every American sushi aficionado has likely heard of the California roll. Five types of sushi are available on the market that you may not be aware of and are likely to enjoy.
Five Types of Sushi
Unicorn rolls are a combination of many delicious ingredients commonly seen in sushi rolls, like shari rice, nori seaweed and cucumbers. This roll usually features crab meat, fried shrimp and tuna, as well as chopped green onions and black sesame seeds. Some recipes include mayonnaise.
An American Take on Japanese Sushi: Spider Rolls
The spider roll utilizes two traditional Japanese cuisine staples–sushi and tempura. A soft-shell crab is served tempura, meaning deep fried, in a thick sushi roll. To give the roll a spidery look, the fried crab sticks out of both ends of the roll.
Rice is served on the outside of the roll, in a fashion called uramaki. Other fillings commonly added to the spider roll include sprouts, cucumbers, avocados, lettuce and spicy mayonnaise.
Enjoying Sushi: Pink Panther Rolls
The pink panther roll gets its name from its main ingredient, pink smoked salmon. Some sushi chefs use the salmon as a wrap, while other use pink soy paper. The rolls are filled with shari Japanese rice, eggs and avocados. The Japanese style of egg served in pink panther rolls is called tamago, and is a sweet egg omelet.
Caterpillar Rolls with Eel
Also known as dragon rolls, the caterpillar roll features freshwater eel and cucumber layered with avocado and covered in a sweet eel sauce made from eel stock, soy sauce, rice wine and sugar.
This uramaki style roll has the rice on the outside and the nori seaweed sheet on the inside. The roll gets its name from the layers of avocado–the green color resembles the scales of a dragon or the segments of a caterpillar.
Shima Aji: Difficult Sushi to Find
Shima aji isn’t easy to find in the United States because it’s made from white trevally, a fish normally found in the tropical or temperate waters in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.
The fish is delicate, white and succulent, so if you come across it on a sushi menu, try it while you can. When available, trevally will often be served in the styles of makizushi, chirashizushi and narezushi.