It’s the start of the world cup AND I’ve got a guest blogger, how exciting! It’s like getting your birthday AND Christmas presents at the same time.
Every post this month will be written in honour of a match in the cup. Not that I’m going to be writing much about football, at least not in the technical way, but about how the meals I’m eating have been touched or influenced by the wonderful sporting event that’s going on at the moment.
This post is contributed by the mysterious Mr T, who enthusiatically took pictures of his sushi lunch for this post. Unfortunately, after enthusiastically wolfing the food down, he couldn’t be bothered to do any of the actual writing…so it’s back to me. But that’s ok. I can eat , talk or write about sushi anytime – it’s one of my favourite foods.
My restaurant of the moment is Nogawa, where my favourite sushi chef, Derrick, serves up a mix of uncomplicated and exciting, but always exquisitely fresh sushi.
We always start with a little treasure from the sea – whatever happens to be in season – this time it was baby squid and sea urchin.
Nothing beats the sweetness of fresh fish on warm, vinegared rice. It’s a special blend of flavours – a little briny, a little sweet, a little salty, and a little bitey (from the wasabi) – that I find unbeatably refreshing. Especially when needing to ‘detox’ from rich meals of starch and protein – which in my case, happens a lot of the time.
I think the best way to eat sushi is at a counter, with a chef you’re comfortable with, whom you can trust and who knows your taste. For instance, if he knows you’re adventurous – he’ll offer you the puffer fish sperm that’s just come in…
…Or deep fry the head of the Botan Ebi (jumbo shrimp, NOT pictured here) so you can enjoy it after your sushi.
If he knows that you love Ikura (Salmon roe) he serves it to you when it’s in season.
I’m afraid that after this kind of pampering, I can’t ever eat sushi anywhere else.
Though if I had to eat off a conveyor belt… I have to confess that my ‘secret shame favourite food’ is deep fried maki…