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Sushi for breakfast

  • Feb 25, 2010
The only place I've heard about having sushi for breakfast is at Tsukiji Fish Market, an area near to Ginza in Tokyo.
And have I had sushi for breakfast? Yep, at around 5.30 am, I do believe!

This is an experience anyone who has the love of sushi must definitely try when in Tokyo. There are lots to see and do in Tokyo so one might not be able to wake up so early (4 am! unless you stay up the whole night ;-)) to venture for sushi!

Tsukiji is a wholesale fish market where the wholesalers auction for their salmons and tunas every early morning. This is where you see all the fishes in their raw state! By that I don't even mean sashimi. I mean the entire fish before they are cut up into pieces. If you stay behind and walk around the marketplace, you'll also get to see these "samurai" performing their skills at deboning those huge tunas and salmons. Highly interesting! I've never seen such a long knife actually in practice anywhere else!

Tsukiji is the largest fish market in the world handling over 2000 tons of seafood daily. It is one of the finest tourist destinations if you have any interest in food and seafood.

Do you know that all fish has to be frozen first before they can be eaten raw (with the exception of tuna)? That's to kill the germs.
How about 80% of the bluefin tuna (maguro) catch is used for sushi?
& The sushi grade bluefin tuna highest price ever recorded at the Tsukiji Fish Market was $173,600 for a 444 lb fish? (ie. $391/lb) 
Incredible, isn't it? A fish costing as much as a house!

Tuna & Salmon are most common fishes found on the sushi plate. You can get them in all sushi houses. 

Types of Sushi:

Makizushi (or Makimono)
These are rolled sushi normally wrapped in nori (seaweed). A single roll order normally is cut into 6 or 8 pieces. Hosomaki (thin rolls) has a diameter of around 0.75" while Futomaki is about double that, ie. 1.5".

My favorites of these is Temaki. Temaki is handroll sushi in a large cone-shaped nori. This has to be eaten fresh or else the crisp nori will absorb moisture from the fillings making the texture and taste not so great.

Hand formed sushi. It takes an apprentice 10 years minimum to master this and it's been said that the chef's hands have to be of lower temperature (than normal) in order to prepare good sushi. Hence, many a times, they have to dip their hands in icy cold water before they begin making their sushi.

Common toppings are salmon, maguro (tuna), toro (tuna belly), hamachi (yellowtail), unagi (eel), ika (squid) & ebi (prawn).

Chirashizushi is a bowl of sushi rice with raw seafood on top of it. I much prefer nigirizushi than chirashizushi; hence, I hardly order this.

This is sweet sushi and something I don't fancy. Fried tofu skin with just rice inside. 

Ok. That's it. The place to have sushi for breakfast & the kind of sushi you can order. Sushi is freshest here in early morning and there are plenty of tourists and locals alike who'd be here to sample the most delicious sushi for breakfast! Yum Yum!!!
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November 17, 2010
You have made me so hungry, great read.
February 25, 2010
nniicceee!!! I would love to have sushi for breakfast and maybe even tempura! Have you heard of this new wave thing in Japan that all the dishes had mayonnaise? The diners were called 'mayonara's"?
February 26, 2010
No, I haven't! I've to go visit Japan soon! I'm missing out all the actions! ;-)
February 25, 2010
Nice going, Sharrie.  I've been suffering from food poisoning for the past day or so, but reading your review has worked me up an appetite and I actually want sashimi right now!  I'd eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I wasn't afraid for food poisoning ;)  My mom has told me about the wonders of Tsukiji Fish Market.  I imagine that it's like the fish marts in Hong Kong, except on steroids.  Thanks for sharing, Sharrie! :)
February 25, 2010
First it was William & now you too? Wow, what have you both been eating? ;-) No, it's not quite like the fish marts in Hong Kong. Don't forget this is an auction house :-) It's truly interesting place!
February 25, 2010
organic pizza got me...the supposed "fresh" tomato sauce... :-(
February 25, 2010
I would love to witness a fish auction someday! Have you been to the fish marts in Hong Kong? It's crazy the things that they do to show you how fresh the fish is, like like it cut open on ice with a still beating heart. It's crazy and cruel, but that's part of the culture and thrill.

And I believe it was a chicken sandwich from Subway that got to me :(
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In Japanese cuisine, sushi is vinegar rice, usually topped with other ingredients, including fish dishes.

Sliced raw fish alone is called sashimi, as distinct from sushi. Combined with hand-formed clumps of rice it is called nigirizushi ; sushi items served rolled inside or around nori (dried and pressed layer sheets of seaweed or algae) is makizushi, toppings stuffed into a small pouch of fried tofu is inarizushi; and toppings served scattered over a bowl of sushi rice called chirashi-zushi.

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