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Sushi 101

Q: What is Sushi?
A: Sushi is a general term for a Japanese-styled meal consisting of fish, rice, or both.

Q: Is all Sushi raw?
A: No, it is a general misconception. There are only a handful of fishes that can be and are served raw.

Q: What is the difference between Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki, and Rolls?
A: Sashimi is an assortment of raw fish and is generally an assortment picked by the Sushi chef. Nigiri is a hand-formed ball of rice, with a slice of fish over the top. If you take out the rice, you have Sashimi! Maki is a type of roll in which the seaweed wrap is on the outside of the roll. Rolls are when the rice is rolled on the outside and the seaweed wrap is rolled along the inside.

Q: What if I've never had Sushi before?
A: That's easy! Ask one of our experienced servers for a suggestion or go up to the Sushi bar and strike up a conversation with one of the chefs. They can guide you. You can always ask your server to create a sampler platter for you. The more people you have at your table eating the platter, the more types you can try.

Sushi Dictionary

* Chopped Scallop - Marinated chopped scallops
Ebi - Cooked Shrimp
Futo - Vegetarian
* Hamachi - Yellow Tail
* Ikura - Salmon Roe (Large Salmon caviar)
Inari - Tofu Pocket
Kappa - Cucumber
Kanbyo - Crunchy Crispies
Kani - Imitation Crab
* Maguro - Red Tuna
* Masago - Smelt Fish Roe (Small Salmon caviar)
Oshinko - Japanese Pickle
* Saba - Mackerel
* Sake - Salmon
* Smoked Salmon - Exactly like it sounds
* Spicy Scallop - Spicy Marinated Chopped Scallops
Tako - Octopus
Tamago - Sweet Egg Omelet
Tempura - Crispy Fried Batter
* Tobiko - Flying Fish Roe (Medium Salmon caviar)
Unagi - BBQ Fresh Eel
* Indicates raw fish

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27 Sep 2019

Our Family History and Jajangmyeon

The history of our family runs deep. We are a blend of Chinese/Korean, Chinese blood, born and raised in South Korea. During the Communist Revolution and into the Korean War, our family escaped famine and communism by deflecting to South Korea. There, Grandma Sue - the family patriarch - gave birth to her three children at the US Military base in Pusan, South Korea. It was here that an entire genre of cuisine was born. One iconic dish is Jajangmyeon 짜장면. The man in this video is from the same refugee camps that our family came from. Some of the dishes we have on our Specialty Menu originate from this refugee camp.