The Great Sushi Quest

Food qualifies as an adventure in our family. One of our favorite food adventures is trying different types of sushi. Sushi is a fun food, no two ways about it. It’s delicious, it’s appealing to the eye, and it can be nutritious if you choose your rolls carefully. The best thing about sushi? My 14 year old daughter, Andrea, loves it.

A variety of different ingredients and sauces are used to make sushi particularly tantalizing to the senses. Shrimp, crab meat, salmon, tuna, avocado, cucumber, seaweed, eel sauce, spicy mayo, sriracha, tobiko, and masago, just to name a few. And don’t forget the obligatory blob of wasabi with a side of ginger.

Of course, I had to Google tobiko and masago. Fish eggs. It’s the green or orange stuff you see on top of sushi sometimes. That was my Japanese vocabulary lesson for the day.

It’s safe to say, if you don’t care for seafood, you probably won’t gravitate toward sushi. BUT if you do like it, then sushi can be a veritable playground for your palate.

Sushi rolls are little bite-sized works of edible art, and of course, each roll slice must be eaten all in one bite in order for the flavors to cooperate as designed. Chop sticks are certainly the preferred method of conveyance. Heaven forbid anyone use a fork. The wasabi can add a powerful little kick, but be careful not to use too much in one bite, unless you’re trying to clear out your sinuses.

Andrea considers herself a connoisseur of sushi. She loves trying different rolls at our favorite local sushi restaurants, and we all enjoy seeking out new sushi places to explore when we are traveling. If you are a sushi lover too, I invite you to join us in our quest for the ultimate sushi rolls.

Below is a list of some of our favorites close to home. As we come across more in our travels, I will post them here and share our finds with you. I hope you enjoy our Great Sushi Quest!

From Samurai in Bowling Green, KY:

  • Crazy Snake – Cucumber, asparagus, crab (inside), salmon, avocado, eel sauce (outside). This is Andrea’s personal favorite.

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  • Lost River Cave – Mango, cucumber, tuna (inside), avocado, masago, eel sauce (outside). This is Andrea’s second favorite, a close runner-up to the Crazy Snake.

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  • Tom & Jerry – Crab, cucumber, avocado (inside), crab, tuna, yum yum sauce (outside). This is Don’s preferred choice at Samurai.

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  • Kentucky Derby – Fried shrimp, avocado, cucumber (inside), crab, masago, crunch, yum yum sauce (outside). This is my personal favorite. This particular roll has more crunch and less masago (the orange stuff). Sometimes they put on more masago and less crunch. I think it depends on the particular sushi chef. Also, it is fully cooked. No raw stuff.

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From Shogun Bistro in Bowling Green, KY:

  • Front: California Deluxe Roll – crab, avocado (inside), tobiko (outside)  Back: Alaskan – smoked salmon, crab. Great as a base sushi order. All cooked.

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  • From front to back: Island Roll -Crab, spicy tuna (inside),seared tuna, spicy sauce (outside); The Sexy Roll – shrimp (inside), tuna, salmon, spicy crab, sweet sauce & spicy mayo (outside); California Roll – crab & avocado – always a classic favorite; Alaskan again. The Island Roll turned out not to be a favorite. Word is the sauce was “weird.”

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No matter how you slice it, sushi is an irresistible culinary adventure. The next time you’re in the mood to experiment, check out a sushi restaurant in your neighborhood. Take your teen on a “date” and enjoy some good times and great food together. Embark on your own quest for the ultimate sushi roll.

Be sure to scroll down and leave a comment if you enjoyed this post. If you are a sushi fan, too, then tell us about some of your favorites and where you encountered them. We’d love to hear about it.

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  1. It is obvious that you folks have become very knowledgeable regarding Sushi. I hope your readers will try this different treat with their teenagers. That would have to be a very exhilarating family experience. Much love.