The California roll revolutionized sushi in the late 1960s and is today one of our best-selling kosher sushi dishes in Toronto.
Sushi chef Ichiro Mashita changed the recipe of traditional sushi rolls by replacing a fatty tuna known as “toro” with avocado. This change appealed to the American consumers that his restaurant was trying to attract. While Americans liked the taste, they didn’t care for the nori, i.e. seaweed, on the exterior of the roll. Then he took the next big step of making it inside-out, rolling it such that the nori was on the inside and the white rice covered the exterior.
California rolls include cucumber, crab meat (or imitation crab meat), and avocado. As is done in some countries, we can also replace the avocado with mango or banana. The exterior of the roll can also be customized to suit your tastes. Many of our customers enjoy having the rice covered with tobiko, masago, or sesame seeds. These options can add considerably to the initial taste that you have when you pop a piece of one of these rolls into your mouth.
Over the last few decades, many sushi chefs, including us here at Kosher Sushi, have followed the lead of Mashita by creating several different variations of sushi that are classified as “fusion cuisine”. While the fundamental of rice and raw or only partially cooked fish remain, different methods of preparation and presentation have developed to make this Japanese staple appeal to local markets. We are proud to consider ourselves part of that fusion culture by ensuring that this delicious type of food is available to those practicing Jewish traditions.
If you would like to experience some fantastic kosher sushi here in Toronto, come on in and try one of the best California rolls available anywhere in North America.