Friday, February 16, 2007

Pet peeve of the day

Godzilla sushi rolls.

I made up the term, but it's completely appropriate.

I don't know if this is a Japanese thing or an Americanization (read: embiggening) of one of the tastiest kinds of food around, but it's annoying.

Sushi rolls are plenty delicious with an amount of ingredients that can be rolled and cut into morsel-sized bits that can be devoured in one chomp. Why a roll needs a full inch of avocado and an inch and a half of cucumber, BEFORE FISH, I will never know.

But, look. If I'm unable to pick up a piece of sushi with my chopsticks, there's a problem. I shouldn't have to eat sushi with my hands. They have germs and stuff.



At February 16, 2007 at 5:24 PM, Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Law Fairy, there is a restaurant in SF called Godzilla Sushi.

It isn't the one we go to at least once a week.

Verification letters: vdwtf (I'm not kidding. What are you pushing on this site, lady?)

At February 16, 2007 at 5:49 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

heart, I'm glad you don't eat there often.

The verification word means that if you catch something from posting here, it had nothing to do with me :)

At February 16, 2007 at 7:21 PM, Blogger Gino said...

your sushi has germs?
good god, m'lady! ... find a different sushi house.

At February 16, 2007 at 9:19 PM, Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Law Fairy,

If I catch something here and Tell Everyone, truth is a perfect defense under the law. I'm just saying.

And I have NEVER eaten at Godzilla Sushi. Why would anyone?

At February 17, 2007 at 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fyi - in japan they actually do eat sushi with their hands. the chopsticks thing is an american trend.

At February 17, 2007 at 8:15 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

gino, lol

heart, I'm even gladder you've never eaten there. Truth may be an absolute defense, but I would be sure to talk to EVERY blog you've visited before you go around making any accusations. Just sayin'.

anon, I'd never heard that before. I think I'll have to consult with an expert. And when I say "expert" I pretty much mean my sister, who's been to Japan a few times :)

At February 17, 2007 at 1:12 PM, Blogger Michele said...

Please keep us posted on what your expert says, as I too only eat sushi that allows me to use my chopsticks. Are we being pretentious? I fear that I have been laughed at every time I have eaten sushi!

At February 17, 2007 at 1:40 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

So as someone who lived in Japan, I think I'm qualified to answer this one. Most rolls are Americanizations, aside from Kappa maki and a few others, you don't see all that many rolls in Japan, though many places can make you a california roll if you ask for it. Most sushi is Nigiri style and the focus is on the fresh fish. Since they still have abit of a supply problem here and the fish is less likely to be fresh they try to distract you with other things like massive deep fried rolls. Also at most of the sushi places I would eat at in Japan you would see people eating their nigiri with chopsticks. I rarely saw people eating with their hands.

At February 17, 2007 at 5:38 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

margaret, cool! Thanks for the info.

I'm totally with the Japanese on the "focus on the fish" thing. I only get rolls at places I don't know/trust. At my favorite restaurants I get sashimi and nigiri, and OCCASIONALLY a roll if it looks really unique or if the chef recommends it. Thank God I live in LA where we actually have some fresh fish :)

Still, I can't WAIT to visit Tokyo and get my hands on some REAL sushi.

At February 19, 2007 at 9:13 AM, Blogger Gino said...

go to little tokyo, in downtown.
i hear lots of japanese business travelers, with the $$ to spend, get the real thing there.
there is also several sushi houses in gardena that cater to a japan clientele.( i grew up there)

At February 19, 2007 at 10:21 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

gino, I've been to Little Tokyo a few times and gotten some fun Japanese baked goods (yummy ones) -- I don't think I've been to one of the sushi places, though.

I have a few places in West LA that I LOVE -- fantastic sushi, so I know it can definitely be found in LA.

I've never been to Gardena; is that close to LA?

At February 19, 2007 at 5:46 PM, Blogger Gino said...

gardena borders on LA along the harbor gateway region.
loosly tucked between the 405/110 hwys, where they meet,:east of torrence.
gardena was once the 'center' of japanesism on the mainland.
most of the kids i played with where nisei.
its a fairly working class town, but the japanese influence is still heavy.(about 20-30yrs ago, the koreans moved in, adding their influence as well).
lots of great places to eat.

At February 22, 2007 at 11:14 PM, Anonymous roonie said...

And sushi should be one bite only, not a mouthful so big that you are gagging on it! Takes the fun and enjoyment out of sushi. There is simply no elegant way to eat Godzilla sushi.

At March 1, 2007 at 8:54 PM, Anonymous prairielily said...

Maybe it has to do with region in Japan? When I went on exchange there, I started to eat sushi with my chopsticks, and my host mother corrected me. I never saw anyone NOT eating it with their fingers. Now I always eat it like that.

I agree with everything else Margaret said, though.


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