While wasabi and soy sauce remain the classic sushi toppings, the world of sushi is vast and ever-evolving. Sushi, globally celebrated as one of the most beloved dishes, is not immune to the creative impulses of innovative chefs. In the pursuit of culinary excellence, many chefs have ventured beyond traditional recipes to experiment with unconventional toppings, adding exciting twists to this iconic Japanese dish.
If your sushi routine is becoming a tad predictable, it’s time to embark on a culinary adventure and explore some fascinating toppings that promise to tantalize your taste buds.
Herring Roe – Kazunoko
One intriguing topping to consider is Kazunoko, featuring marinated herring roe. Elevating this delicacy involves marinating the roe with a special dashi seasoning crafted from kelp and fish flakes, creating a distinctly Japanese flavor profile. Traditionally reserved for New Year’s celebrations, Kazunoko’s rarity adds an element of exclusivity to your sushi experience. Be warned, however, as the cost may match its uniqueness, making it a luxurious addition to your culinary repertoire.
Pollock Roe – Mentaiko
Mentaiko, another unconventional choice, showcases raw pollock roe infused with a chili marinade for an extra kick. Originating from Korean culinary traditions, this bold topping has found its place in Japanese cuisine, standing out for its rich and distinctive flavor. Often incorporated into various dishes, the Japanese have even embraced Mentaiko as an ingredient for pasta and sandwiches. When added to sushi, Mentaiko imparts a unique and unforgettable taste, elevating your sushi experience to new heights.
Venturing into more traditional Japanese fare, consider topping your sushi with fermented soybeans. Long revered in Japanese cuisine, soybeans serve as a versatile ingredient, contributing to a variety of dishes and culinary creations. Adding fermented soybeans as a sushi topping brings a depth of flavor and complexity, creating a delightful contrast to the more familiar tastes of wasabi and soy sauce.
As you embark on your sushi exploration, don’t shy away from these unique toppings that showcase the diversity and creativity within this culinary art form. Embrace the unexpected, and let your taste buds revel in the exciting symphony of flavors that these unconventional toppings bring to the table.
This post was written by a professional at Suhi Inc. Sushi Inc is a vibrant sushi restaurant offering more than just sushi in Downtown St Pete. Opening its doors in 2013, Sushi Inc offers live music, traditional hand-rolled sushi and a friendly atmosphere, our guests always have a top notch experience. Customers love our award-winning, fresh and creative Sushi rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi. With a larger selection of tempura, non-Sushi, and teriyaki options, we can accommodate every taste.