Sushi Ranked

With the semester coming to a close, I’ve decided to summarize and rank all of the different types of sushi I’ve had since starting this blog. So far I’ve tried 13 different kinds of sushi. Here they are, ranked from my personal favorite to least favorite:

  1. Spicy Tuna Roll – When I first tried spicy tuna rolls, I quickly knew they were my new favorite. The flavors all work well together to create a great taste!
  2. Spider Roll – I wasn’t expecting to like spider rolls, but they were actually very good. The sushi has a light sweet taste to it, and it goes well with the breaded crab inside.
  3. Spicy Salmon Roll – Spicy salmon rolls taste almost exactly like spicy tuna rolls, but the flavor is a little more mild, so I prefer spicy tuna rolls.
  4. Boston Roll – Boston rolls were my favorite type of sushi for a long time until I started trying new kinds. The taste is simple but still good.
  5. Tuna Roll – Tuna rolls are very simple but still have a pretty good flavor.
  6. Eel Roll – Eel rolls are another kind of sushi with a sweet taste. The flavors are pretty good, though sometimes the unagi’s flavor can be overpowered.
  7. Fantasy Roll – Fantasy rolls are good but have two peices of meat in them, which is a little too much for me.
  8. Shrimp Tempura Roll – Shrimp tempura rolls can be good, but their lack of ingredients make them get kind of boring.
  9. California Roll – California rolls have almost the same ingredients as Boston rolls, but they use crab instead of shrimp. This actually makes a pretty big difference, and I definitely prefer Boston rolls.
  10. Salmon Roll – Salmon rolls are very simple, and their texture can sometimes be unpleasant. To me, tuna rolls are a better choice.
  11. Vegetable Roll – Vegetable rolls are a nice refreshing side, but are extremely boring on their own. I would much rather have sushi with meat in it.
  12. Fried Roll – Fried rolls are the heaviest type of sushi I’ve had. There’s a lot of flavors, and they really don’t work that great together. It’s hard to eat many of these.
  13. Philadelphia Roll – Philly rolls have a lot of cream cheese. So much, in fact, that it’s almost all that can be tasted in the sushi.

So far I’ve found several new favorites since beginning this blog! Branching out has forced me to try types of sushi I never would have tried otherwise. Hopefully my luck will continue and I’ll find even more in the future!

Spider Roll

The name “spider roll” didn’t sound very appetizing to me. However, I was actually surprised by how good it was.

Spider rolls are made from breaded crab (not spider!), avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo sauce wrapped in rice and nori.

Although the name didn’t thrill me, the ingredients sounded good so I tried spider rolls. I was expecting a decent taste, though nothing great.

However, when I tasted the spider rolls, they were much better than I was expecting. The taste was really good!

All of the flavors in the sushi worked well together, and the breading on the crab meat helped add a different texture to the roll than some other types of sushi. The spicy mayo didn’t really add any spiciness to the roll, but seemed to add more of a sweet taste (I actually thought the sauce was shrimp sauce when I first was eating the sushi).

I really don’t have any complaints about spider rolls. They may not have been the best sushi, but there certainly wasn’t much wrong with them. All of the flavors and textures are well balanced, and the roll is overall very good!

I’ll definitely be ordering spider rolls again, even if they aren’t the best, they’re still a great type of sushi.

Spicy Salmon Roll

NOTE: The photo for this post is not of the actual sushi I ate; those pictures were somehow deleted, and this one is the closest I could find to what I ate.

When I ordered salmon rolls, I was expecting a piece of salmon wrapped in rice and nori. Instead, I got what looked like spicy tuna rolls. Turns out I was given spicy salmon rolls instead of regular salmon rolls!

Spicy salmon rolls are basically the exact same thing as spicy tuna rolls (tuna mixed with chili oil and Tobiko, wrapped in rice and nori along with avocado and cucumber) just with salmon used instead of tuna.

Because the ingredients are so similar, the two rolls taste almost the same. The flavor of the salmon is milder than the tuna, however, which actually makes a much bigger difference than I expected.

In this case, since the meat is less noticeable, the other ingredients did seem to overpower it a little. Mostly all I could taste from the meat was the spiciness, though I could detect a salmon taste occasionally. There was also the crunchiness of the cucumber and the taste of the avocado helping to mask the salmon.

The wasn’t really anything wrong with the sushi – in fact it was really good – but when compared to its tuna counterpart, the spicy salmon roll just isn’t as good. The flavors of the two rolls are really almost identical, except for a lack of a meaty flavor in the salmon ones.

Spicy salmon rolls are very good, but tuna just works as a better meat for the roll than salmon does. Because of this, I probably won’t order spicy salmon rolls again and will just stick to tuna ones instead.

Vegetable Roll

I typically am not a fan of sushi rolls without a lot of meat in them. Because of this, I really didn’t want to order vegetable rolls at all.

Vegetable rolls are made simply of cucumber and avocado wrapped in rice and nori. Mine were also drizzled with a sweet sauce.

I was expecting vegetable rolls to be very boring and not very tasty, which turned out to be at least partially true. Vegetable rolls don’t have much flavor at all, and quickly got boring.

I believe the reason vegetable rolls seem boring to me is simply the lack of meat in the sushi. The ingredients are the exact same as Boston rolls and California rolls just without the meat (shrimp/crab), and Boston rolls are one of my favorite types of sushi.

While the lack of ingredients makes them taste pretty boring, vegetable rolls aren’t all bad. They taste more fresh than the other kinds of sushi I’ve tried so far. This can make a nice refreshment from other heavier foods.

While the vegetable rolls work well as a kind of side salad, I certainly wouldn’t eat them as my main meal. I understand that the point of the sushi is to not have meat, but I just really prefer to have meat in my sushi. The vegetable rolls do taste good, but to me they just get very boring very quickly.

I most likely won’t order vegetable rolls again, but they still do have a good taste!

Shrimp Tempura Roll

The only type of sushi I had had with anything fried in it was the fried roll, and it really wasn’t great. Because of this I was reluctant to order shrimp tempura rolls, but now I’m glad I did.

Shrimp tempura rolls are made from shrimp tempura (fried shrimp) and cucumber wrapped in rice and nori. Sometimes avocado is also included in the ingredients. On top was some kind of sauce which I believe was unagi sauce like what was used on eel rolls.

I was worried that the fried aspect the shrimp bring to the sushi would have a negative influence on the flavor, but fortunately it didn’t. The flavor of the shrimp didn’t mess up the sushi at all, and the fired texture actually gave the roll something different from the other sushi I’ve tried to make it a little more unique.

The (supposed) unagi sauce went well with the shrimp tempura, and the sweetness of it didn’t overpower any of the other flavors in the sushi. The cucumber seemed a little out of place, but that wasn’t really a bad thing. While it may not seem to go very well with the other ingredients, the cucumber did add a welcome fresh aspect to the sushi.

The overall flavor of the rolls was quite good. However, it seemed to get a little boring and maybe could use just one more ingredient to add a bit more variety (as I mentioned earlier, sometimes avocado is used in shrimp tempura rolls, but in my case it wasn’t. Maybe that’s what was missing.).

Shrimp tempura rolls are much better than I was expecting, and actually are really good! While they might be slightly boring on their own, I’ll certainly be ordering them again soon to go with other types of sushi.

Eel Roll

Eel roll… That sounded pretty disgusting to me. I was actually a little scared to order it! However, since I’m attempting to try more types of sushi, I decided to go for it.

Eel rolls are made from unagi (the Japanese word for freshwater eel) and cucumber wrapped in rice and nori. The rolls are then drizzled with unagi sauce. Unagi sauce is made out of soy sauce, sake (a type of Japanese rice wine), mirin (another wine similar to sake), and sugar.

I had no idea what to expect from the eel rolls. When I tasted the first one, I was very surprised by the flavor.

It had a slight sweet flavor, which I assume came from the unagi sauce. The sauce tasted almost like a kind of barbeque sauce, but not as strong.

I couldn’t really taste the eel meat very well (and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing). The one piece of meat inside each roll was rather small and not very noticeable. I could feel the texture of it and could tell there was some meat, but I couldn’t get much of the flavor of it.

On the other hand, there was quite a bit of cucumber in the roll, and it could easily be tasted. The cucumber also gave the roll a crunchiness, which I usually like, but this time there was almost too much crunchiness.

The overall flavor of the sushi was good, I just think maybe the ingredients were slightly off balance. I think that a little less cucumber, a little more eel, and maybe slightly less unagi sauce would fix this problem.

Despite the slight imbalance in the flavors, I really enjoyed my eel rolls. The flavors were all good, and I especially liked the unagi sauce drizzled on top.

Eels rolls are now certainly ranked high on my list of favorite sushi rolls, though I wouldn’t say they’re one of my favorites. However, I imagine I’ll probably wind up ordering them again sometime in the near future.

Spicy Tuna Roll

When I ordered spicy tuna rolls, I was expecting something like the tuna rolls (just a piece of tuna wrapped in rice and nori) but with a little extra to give it a kick. However, I was pleasantly surprised with a roll much different than the tuna roll that also tasted really good!

The spicy tuna roll is made using tuna mixed with chili oil and Tobiko (flying fish roe, or eggs). These are added to the roll with cucumber and avocado, and rolled up in rice and nori. The sushi I had also had spicy kind of shrimp sauce dribbled on top.

I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I got my spicy tuna rolls. I am not a big fan of things that are really spicy and did not know just how spicy the sushi was going to be. However, the spiciness was not a problem and actually added a nice touch to the rolls.

The chili oil and spicy shrimp sauce did not create enough spiciness to overpower. The spiciness did, however add to the flavor and improve the sushi overall.

I was expecting the spicy tuna roll to taste at least a little similar to the tuna roll, however, there was really not much in common between to two types of sushi. While there was tuna in it, it had several other flavors involved and tasted very different than the tuna roll.

The texture of the spicy tuna roll was much better than that of the tuna roll due to the other ingredients. The cucumber and Tobiko gave the sushi a crunchiness, which added a nice touch to the roll overall.

Overall the spicy tuna roll is a very good type of sushi. It has really good flavors that all work together very well. The spiciness certainly doesn’t overpower any of the other flavors, and the crunchiness adds a nice touch to the sushi as well. All in all the spicy tuna roll is good enough to rank as one of new favorite kinds of sushi, and I will certainly be ordering them again sometime soon.