Vegetarians seeking kosher sushi in Toronto can have our vegetable hand rolls, which are called “futomaki” in Japanese. Should you be a vegetarian and order futomaki, be sure to make sure that the type that you are getting is vegetarian, as there are also non-vegetarian variations of this type of hand roll.
Vegetable hand rolls are typically quite thick. Several fillings are used to compensate for the lack of fish. These fillings create unique blends of flavor that are great not only for vegetarians but also for anyone else who enjoys kosher sushi.
Vegetarian versions of futomaki can include many different types of vegetables, but cucumber, kampyo gourd, takenoko bamboo shoots, and lotus root are among the most common. It is important for those preparing these vegetarian rolls to focus more on the combinations of flavors that potential ingredients include than on the individual flavors themselves. Trained sushi chefs are well aware of which combinations work best, though we would be happy to accommodate specific requests should you want a customized version of futomaki.
While flavor gets most of the attention in Western cuisine, presentation is also considered exceptionally important in Japan, even with food that is relatively inexpensive. For that reason, sushi chefs – our own included – not only seek to choose vegetables that taste great together but also ones that create colorful, visually appealing combinations. Fortunately, the variety of colors and mix of flavors more frequently complement each other than find themselves in competition.
We serve our vegetable hand rolls individually, but we also recommend those who are considering having us at Kosher Sushi cater an event in Toronto for them include at least a few of these rolls in their orders. They can make it easier for vegetarians to enjoy the same food as everyone else while not causing embarrassment or uneasiness.