There is one reason in particular why I can’t even imagine turning full-time vegetarian or giving up carbs: Sushi
Apparently it’s similar to marmite: you either love it or hate it. Marmite I get, but why/how anyone could hate sushi is beyond me! Especially after a recent sushi lunch out with my sister, my love for these Japanese rolls of deliciousness was only reinforced.
What’s not to like:
1) It tastes amazing: And this is coming from someone who grew up pretending to be allergic to fish in order to avoid having to eat it…although fish fingers didn’t seem to count. As long as the rolls aren’t filled with cream cheese, tempura or mayo, I could easily eat any.
2) It’s healthy: There’s no doubt that eating fish is good for the body, and many types of sushi provide healthy doses of fish oils that help keep your cardiovascular system healthy. For the most part, sushi can easily provide various nutrients in one bite: omega 3’s & protein in the fish, reduced risk of cholesterol as well as vitamin A & C in seaweed, and iodine & calcium in fish meats like shrimp. No wonder Japanese are known for their high life expectancy rate.
3) Infinite varieties: Although there are so many different fish types used, I tend to gravitate towards rolls filled with salmon, tuna, and eel. I personally prefer the rolls filled with fish, but it’s a relief that I can still eat at sushi restaurants with my vegetarian friends who enjoy cucumber/avocado rolls. Between the wasabi, ginger, Togarashi chili powder, and soy sauce, it’s easy to somewhat customize each roll on the spot.
Fortunately there is a sushi place 5 minutes away from my sister’s place in Guangzhou which serves the freshest-tasting sushi and thickest slabs of sashimi that I’ve ever had (as pictured above). I only wish that they served a few of the “Americanised” rolls like salmon avocado & spicy tuna. If opting for Japanese food in China instead of Chinese is so wrong, I don’t want to be right :)!
Are you a sushi fan? If so, what’s your favorite kind? If not, I’m not sure we can be friends- kiiidding ;)!