Sushi wraps its way to the top

Around the world, food has become more than just something you eat- it is an art. Sushi has evolved into its own culture and style right here in the United States.

In some places, Sushi is almost as popular as fast food burgers and fries.

Crazy combinations of ingredients can be found inside sushi rolls, with bizarre names like the Caterpillar roll. The Red Dragon from Sumo Sabi is fi lled with Tuna, Scallions and Avocado, topped with Spicy Tuna and Fish Roe. Beyond the crazy names and ingredients,
sushi has a history.

Sushi originated in China before 300 BC. The serving of sushi did not include raw fi sh or seaweed.

It was made up of a pressed block of rice and different slightly dried fi sh and vegetables.

This was a Chinese technique of preserving food and making it portable.

As rice cultivation increased, the long process of fermenting meat and vegetables was shortened. As the popularity of sushi hit the coast, seaweed (Nori) was introduced. This innovative idea made it possible to prepare it in only one day.

Some Sushi restaurants in Tallahassee have their own modernized way of preparing it.
Sumo Sabi’s Restaurant has a modernized fast food approach to sushi. If you are looking for the more traditional preparation process, try Fusion.

“American sushi has adopted a western technique,”said Chinese Supermarket owner, Ju-Long Lee. In America, people expect food to be prepared fast, but traditionally, the preparation of sushi can be extensive.

In the United States, sushi has become an art form.”Typically in America, it is served in much larger portions than individual pieces. The taste is a little sweeter as well,” said Lee.

The traditional Asian respect for good quality food in small portions has completely disappeared in America. Some sushi bars focus their style on attractive colors and large portions.

Sushi is a trend that probably won’t fade any time soon. Although this popular food has its roots in Southeast Asia, it is still evolving in many parts of the world today. If you are looking for a healthy alternative, sushi is a low fat and tasty lunch idea.

It has come a long way from three-year fermented rice with meat to an immediate delicious snack. “I like to make my own sushi,” said Sara Wander.

The ingredients to make homemade sushi can be a little pricey but if you know the right
spots, you can cut back on costs. Wander suggests buying the bamboo mat from Publix Supermarket for a little over two dollars. Another way to save on cost is to buy the sushi rice from traditional Asian supermarkets or New Leaf Market.

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with friends, try making your own sushi rolls, visit for everything you will need.