Posted December 11th, 2004, 11:43 AM
My understanding is that much of the sushi served aboard cruise ships (but not all) is not sushi in the strictest sense, but rather some Americanized version of sushi. In some cases, all that is available is California Rolls and vegetable maki, neither of which have any raw fish in them, and generally, anyone who has no aversion to crab and/or rice (as applicable) shouldn't have any problem eating this type of sushi.
Excepting California Rolls and vegetable maki, I'm not sure I'd use the opportunity of a cruise to experiment with sushi beyond the confines of what you've experienced before. It's just not an ideal venue and/or circumstance IMHO. Having said that, if you're a fan of salmon tartare, and don't have an aversion to rice, you should love salmon maki or samlon nigiri. If you're a fan of raw or lightly-seared tuna, then you may want to try tuna maki or tuna nigiri. Be warned, though, that while salmon quality doesn't vary very much (at least not in my experience) there is a pretty broad spectrum between good tuna sushi and not-so-good tuna sushi. The toro Gemini mentioned is the very best tuna -- I haven't had the budget for it as yet (nor uni, giant clam, which is, from what I've heard, a sushi-maven's nirvana).
A few notes about how to eat sushi. Some traditionalists say that wasabi and soy sauce are insulting -- to the fish! <grin> To be honest, I see some of that: The more I've acquired a taste for sushi, the less soy sauce and wasabi I used, because I want to enjoy the taste of the raw fish more. I find sushi more and more enjoyable as time goes on, and that does indeed map to how much less soy sauce and wasabi I'm applying to it.
And rice. Now, my favorite sushi is my sushi restaurant's sashimi platter. While they serve it with a bowl of rice, I don't bother with the rice. (White rice has an incredibly high glycemic index and glycemic load, and is pretty-readily traceable to hyperglycemia and diabetes in folks of European descent.) Sashimi is truly a celebration of the fish. I especially like the red snapper and yellow tail.
What's interesting is that the seemingly most innocuous sushi, ebi (shrimp), I actually really abhor. I want my shrimp hot and spicy, in scampi, not cold and layed over a bed of rice. YMMV.
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