One thing I have never done that I’ve wanted to is to try sushi. This is probably a strange desire for someone who isn’t really fond of fish, but so many people I know eat it and love it, how can I not want to try it for myself? In the past I’ve seen it at wok restaurants or places I’ve been and I may have taken a nibble here and there, but I’ve never tried it properly. Until now!
While talking to a friend about how I’ve never tried Dim Sum, she mentioned she was treating herself to a sushi lunch on Friday and asked if I wanted to come along. Hang out with a friend and scratch something off my 101 list? I’m in!
We went to Happy Sushy in the city center of Rotterdam, because she heard that they have the cool conveyer belt type of setup and she wanted to check it out. We were both pretty keen to see what it was like, I mean… it’s a conveyer belt. With FOOD!
It was just as fun as I had expected. You sit there and the food comes cruising by in the plates with the little domed covers. You get a menu that has photos of each of the different types with a description, so you can get an idea of what it is you are picking up. I’m pretty sure that between all the snapping of photos and squeals of excitement, my friend must have felt like she was out with one of her children. I couldn’t help it though, it was just so fun! Thankfully, she was a very good sport about it and didn’t appear to be too embarrassed!
These were the very first pieces of sushi I’ve ever eaten. They have something, avocado, something and something else. As I fumbled with and tried to learn how to use my chopsticks, it was explained to me about the importance of the soy sauce dipping process. Then it was time to find out once and for all if I actually like sushi. DOWN THE HATCH!
Yup, I liked it – a lot! I also understood and agreed with the importance of the dip. What a strange and new mixture of tastes and textures. If someone had told me that I would one day eat sushi by choice and actually enjoy it, I would have laughed them out of town.
Anyway, the avocado with something, something and something was clearly a good choice because next I grabbed the pretty green and red one. Yes, I know I astound you with my broad knowledge of all things sushi now, but please try to keep up.
That one was tuna and it was delicious. What I didn’t know was what the green stuff around the edges was, and why it went pop when I bit it. I pondered how it sort of reminded me of that feeling of pop rocks, what fun! I felt a little less enthused about it when my friend told me that it was probably some sort of fish eggs.
Fish eggs… did I just turn green too?
It took me a minute to recover from that one but once I did I dove back in and continued to try some different combinations, some very, very strange combinations…like this one.
Cheese and salmon!
Wait… what? Cheese?
In sushi? This can’t be right… is it?
Is this right or is it just a Dutch thing? I know these crazy kids love putting cheese in everything they can but it just doesn’t seem like it belongs in sushi. Does cheese belong in Sushi? Does it?! I have to know!
So, it’s official, I like sushi! So, if you are ever in need of a lunch partner and want to go for sushi, I’m your gal
… but only if they have a conveyer belt, because otherwise it’s really just raw fish and rice, isn’t it?
Oh, and cheese.