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The Making of Sushi, Sashimi and Tempura from a Japanese Restaurant in Tampa FL
by: Chris Lontok

Japanese food is all the craze nowadays in all parts of the world. It is no longer exclusive to people in Asia, nor is it enjoyed only by gourmets and those with highly sophisticated tastes. People from all walks of life now flock to Japanese restaurants and sushi bars in various cities, including Tampa FL. People who have grown to love nigiri sushi, makimono sushi, sashimi and tempura would also be interested in knowing how these are made, even here in Tampa FL.

Sushi and sashimi are quite daunting at first for those who are new to Japanese food. Everyone always immediately takes a liking to tempura, though. It is usually the most popular item in the menu of a Japanese restaurant, and not just in Tampa FL.

Tempura is a deep fried dish of seafood and vegetables coated with a special light batter. The usual seafood used are prawns, shrimps, fish fillet, squid, scallops and crabmeat while the usual vegetables used are eggplant, okra, mushrooms, sweet potato, yam, squash, bell pepper, carrot and green beans. The resulting pieces of tempura are dipped in a mix of dashi or broth, mirin or rice wine, shoyu or soy sauce and wasabi paste. It takes much skill, however, to ensure that the tempura comes out really very airy and crispy.

At the other extreme in terms of simplicity is sashimi. Often considered as an icon in Japanese food, sashimi is nothing but the freshest raw seafood still firm and sweet from the sea. It is sliced precisely with the sharpest knives and then dipped in shoyu or soy sauce spiced with wasabi paste. A lot of people try sashimi on a dare and are afterwards forever smitten. The best seafood for sashimi are salmon, tuna, mackerel, yellowtail, shrimp, squid, sea urchin and scallops. The quality of sashimi served in a Japanese restaurant is usually an accurate gauge of its greatness.

Like sashimi, sushi also often features the freshest raw seafood. The difference is that the main ingredients of sushi are sticky Japanese rice flavoured with Japanese vinegar. There are also sushi variations which do not have raw seafood. All of them are dipped in or drizzled with soy sauce with wasabi paste, though. They are served in sushi restaurants and sushi bars in Tampa FL and elsewhere.

Nigiri sushi is presented as an oblong of vinegared rice topped with a variety of ingredients. The topping could be fresh raw seafood but it could also be cooked squid, cooked eel, cooked octopus or scrambled eggs. Sometimes, toppings like fresh raw fish roe, oysters, sea urchin or corn mixed with mayonnaise are loose and unwieldy. In such cases, strips of dried seaweed or nori are used to fence in the toppings. You can easily find nigiri sushi in Tampa FL.

Makimono sushi is presented as a roll sliced into thick disks. To make the roll, a sheet of nori is laid on a special bamboo mat and the vinegared rice is spread on it. Fillings like fresh raw seafood or crab meat, avocado, cucumber, carrot slivers, mayonnaise and wasabi paste are then rolled into the rice and nori. Temaki is makimono sushi in a different form. This time, the nori sheet is formed into a cone and the vinegared rice and fillings are stuffed into it. Both styles of makimono sushi are available from sushi restaurants and sushi bars in Tampa FL.

Japanese Restaurants and sushi bars usually bring in authentic Japanese chefs to whip up the best possible nigiri sushi, makimono sushi, sashimi and tempura for customers who just cannot get enough of Japanese food in Tampa FL.

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216 E Bearss Ave
Tampa, FL 33613
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