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Craving Sushi, Sashimi and Tempura from a Japanese Restaurant in Tampa FL
by: Manny Lontok
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There was a time when Japanese food was considered too exotic for the mainstream palate. This has become a thing of the past, though, because now you can find sushi bars and Japanese restaurants in every major city around the world, including in the United States. People have come to love Japanese food such as nigiri sushi, makimono sushi, sashimi and tempura even in Tampa FL.

People who are not very familiar with Japanese food may find it strange to try sushi and sashimi at once. They will surely love tempura, though. Tempura is most often made of various types of seafood and vegetables that are coated with a special batter and fried to an airy crispness. Seafood used are usually prawns, shrimps, fish fillet, squid, scallops and crabmeat while the vegetables most commonly used are sweet potato, eggplant, bell pepper, yam, okra, green beans, carrots, mushrooms and squash. The fried tempura is dipped into a mildly sweet and savory sauce made from dashi (broth), mirin (rice wine), shoyu (soy sauce) and finely grated ginger before eating. Some people prefer to add a dab of spicy wasabi paste to the sauce.

Sashimi is an acquired taste that usually develops into a constant craving. Sashimi is raw fresh seafood dipped in soy sauce with wasabi paste. The typical seafood used are salmon, tuna, mackerel and yellowtail but shrimp, squid, sea urchin and scallops are also served this way. The dish may seem daunting to the uninitiated but the taste of sweet fresh seafood will definitely haunt those who have tried it. Salmon is particularly delicious as it melts in your mouth.

Sushi is similar to sashimi in that it often uses raw fresh seafood, too, but this is combined with vinegared rice and, sometimes, other toppings. It is also dipped into soy sauce with wasabi paste. Sushi has become popular even in Tampa FL because each delectable morsel offers a complete feast in itself. You can already have a complete and filling meal with several pieces of sushi.

There are many kinds of sushi such as nigiri sushi and makimono sushi. Nigiri sushi is a hand formed oblong of vinegared rice swabbed with wasabi paste and topped with raw fresh seafood such as those used for sashimi, cooked seafood such as eel and octopus, or other ingredients such as scrambled egg. Nigiri sushi sometimes comes with a thin strip of nori (seaweed) tying up the bundle or with a border of nori to hold in loose toppings such as fish roe, sea urchin and oysters. Those who are not brave enough to try raw fresh seafood can opt for the cooked toppings. They are just as delicious. Nigiri sushi is a popular dish in Tampa FL.

With makimono sushi you don't get toppings but fillings instead which are rolled into the vinegared rice with a sheet of nori to help keep the shape. A bamboo mat is used for rolling. The resulting cylinder is then cut with a very sharp knife into thick disks. One cylinder usually yields six to eight pieces. Makimono sushi is usually filled with raw fresh seafood or cooked seafood or other mixtures such as mango, avocado, cucumber, carrot slivers and mayonnaise. Of course, a swab of wasabi is always included in the mix. Sometimes, makimono sushi is rolled into a cone held by the sheet of nori and is eaten whole, not sliced. This variant is called temaki. Both types of makimono sushi are readily available in sushi bars and Japanese restaurants in Tampa FL.

It is comforting to know that whenever you have a craving for nigiri sushi, makimono sushi, sashimi and tempura, as well as other types of Japanese food, you can easily find an authentic sushi bar or Japanese restaurant in Tampa FL.

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