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Roll-style Western sushi

The increasing popularity of sushi around the world has resulted in variations typically found in North America and Europe, but rarely in Japan. Such creations to suit the Western palate were initially fueled by the invention of the California roll. A wide variety of popular rolls has evolved since. Some examples include:


Definition

California roll

consists of avocado, kani kama (imitation crab/crab stick) (also can contain real crab in 'premium' varieties), cucumber and tobiko, often made uramaki (with rice on the outside, nori on the inside)

Dynamite roll

includes yellowtail (hamachi) and/or prawn tempura, and fillings such as bean sprouts, carrots, avocado, cucumber, chili and spicy mayonnaise

Philadelp hia roll

consists of raw or smoked salmon, cream cheese (often Philadelphia cream cheese brand), cucumber or avocado, and/or onion.

Rainbow roll

a rainbow roll is a California roll with typically 6-7 types of sashimi (yellowtail, tuna, salmon, snapper, white fish, eel, etc) and avocado wrapped around it].

Seattle roll

consists of cucumber, avocado, and raw or smoked salmon.

Spider roll

includes fried soft shell crab and other fillings such as cucumber, avocado, daikon sprouts or lettuce, roe, and sometimes spicy mayonnaise.

Other rolls may include chopped scallops, spicy tuna, beef or chicken teriyaki roll, okra, and assorted vegetables such as cucumber and avocado. Sometimes, sushi rolls are made with brown rice and black rice, which appear in Japanese cuisine as well. An inside out roll allows the consumer to drape sashimi on top of the entire roll. Examples include the Rainbow Roll (an inside out topped with thinly sliced maguro, hamachi, ebi, sake and avocado) and the Caterpillar Roll (an inside out topped with thinly sliced avocado). Also commonly found is the Rock and Roll (an inside out roll with barbecued freshwater eel and avocado with toasted sesame seeds on the outside) and the Tempura roll where shrimp tempura is in the roll or an entire roll is battered and fried tempura style.

Sushi is a Japanese delicacy consisting of cooked vinegared rice (shari) combined with other ingredients (neta). Neta and forms of sushi presentation vary, but the ingredient which all sushi have in common is shari. The most common neta is seafood. Raw meat sliced and served by itself is sashimi.

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