Cut your carbs at Kurazushi...

Good morning everyone,

It looks like today and tomorrow will be as hot as it has been, but Saturday and Sunday may see daytime highs below 30C. What do you think? Is it possible? It's been so long...I'll believe it when I see it. There's no rain in the forecast, so expect mostly sunny skies and hot, humid weather to continue for a while yet...

As foodies and linguists are quick to point out, sushi” doesn’t mean raw fish. The term actually refers to vinegared rice.

That said, the most popular and commonly eaten type of sushi, by far, pairs the rice with raw fish. As a matter of fact, nigiri sushi, in which a slice of fish is placed atop a block of rice, is so prevalent that there’s a second word in Japanese, shari, for the rice portion of a piece of nigiri sushi, which brings us to the new shari yasai sushi from popular revolving sushi chain Kurasushi.

From directly above, the shari yasai (yasai meaning “vegetable”) sushi looks like regular nigiri sushi. However, underneath the seafood morsel the rice has been replaced with daikon radish slices seasoned with sugar, salt, soy sauce, and yuzu kosho, a peppery citrus-flavored paste. Kurasushi will be offering two types of shari yasai: the bintoro (albacore tuna) seen above and boiled shrimp (both priced at 108 yen per plate, as are all of Kurasushi’s sushi items).

Joining them in the shari yasai lineup are a pair of hand rolls, one with maguro (tuna) and the other with shrimp.

If the idea of no rice seems like sushi sacrilege, but yet you still want to limit your carb intake, Kurazushi will also be rolling out petite shari sushi, with half the rice of standard nigiri and topped with salmon or albacore.

In recent years, revolving sushi chains have been adding noodle dishes to their menus, and for the final part of its new reduced-carbohydrate lineup, Kurasushi has unveiled noodle-free ramen (399 yen), swapping bean sprouts and carrots for the noodles but keeping a traditional fish stock ramen broth.

All of the new items make their debut on August 31. Are you tempted to give them a try?

I still haven't been to the one that just opened near my house (in Kannon). Maybe after Aug 31, is a good time to go and check it out...

Have a great day!