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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 03:52 PM
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Maki Rolls in Japan (how different from US?)

I know American sushi is different from Japan. So, what I was wondering, if any of my favorites I get in USA can be found in a sushi bar. If not typical, can I request one to be made or will they laugh at me and think I'm strange?

1. Cucumbuer Roll
2. Avocado Roll
3. Spinach Roll (aka Popeye Roll)
4. Carrot/Cucumber/Avocado Roll
5. Sweet Potato Roll (tempura yam in a maki)
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Old Mar 30th, 2005, 01:36 PM
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This post is several weeks old and might be irrelevant now, but it sounds like you might be a fellow vegetarian sushi lover, Kitty? The cucumber roll (kappa-maki) has been in my (albeit limited) experience, as popular in Japan as it is here. I have ordered an avocado roll when it was not on the menu and was not laughed at--whether that was from the usualness of my request or just good self-control on the part of the chefs, I couldn't tell you, but they did make it with no problem.
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Old Mar 30th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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Hi DJ_Tanner.

Your post is not too late. Thanks for your reply! Yes, I am veggy sushi lover. My favorite is avocado roll, but I hear that's not really an option, so I hope I won't be laughed at. I also love the spinach roll and tempura sweet potatoe roll and hope I will be able to get it in Japan.
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Old Mar 30th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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Why don't you try what's available in Japan that you can't get in USA? It's for a different experience that you're travelling to Japan isn't it?


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Old Mar 30th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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I love different experience and travel extensively for these reasons!

However, I have a specific diet and don't eat fish, so that limits my choice of sushi available
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On the (sub)topic of vegetarian maki that's available in Japan but not so much in the U.S., natto (fermented soybeans) seems to be a fairly regular request. Also, check out the rice balls available in any convenience store! If you speak almost zero Japanese (like me, unfortunately), you'll probably need a guidebook to help you figure out what filling is in each one, but seaweed or umeboshi (sour, salty, pickled plum) rice balls are delicious!

(A caveat: I have heard that many Westerners hate both natto and umeboshi. I myself think the former is ok and the latter is delicious.)
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Old Apr 1st, 2005, 08:49 PM
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Sushizanmai have the following maki in their menu.

salted plum with cucumber
pickle radish
cucumber
fermented soybean

http://www.kiyomura.co.jp/
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"pickle radish"

Oh, yes, the oshinko maki--that's another one that seemed to me to be as common, or even more common, in Japan as here.
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