Who Invented The California Roll?
For sushi novices, it's the gateway dish.
When I came to Vancouver, most Western people did not eat raw fish. When I went shopping for fish at stores back then, the fish was very fishy, very old. So I went to the fisherman wharf to get the very freshest. But even there, they would say, "Oh, I have fresh fish that I caught three or four days ago." I explained that I needed fish caught that morning so I could serve it that afternoon.Another thing Western people did not eat was seaweed, so I tried to hide it. I made the roll inside out. People loved it. A lot of people from out of town came to my restaurant - lots from Los Angeles - and they loved it. That's how it got called the California roll. I was against Japanese tradition with the inside-out roll, but I liked it, and my customers liked it. And so it spread all over - even into Japan.
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