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!

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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.

Fantasy Roll

The fantasy roll doesn’t have much in it, which made me think it might have a boring taste. However, it actually turned out to be one of the better sushi rolls I’ve had.

The fantasy roll is made from crab and spicy mayo wrapped in rice and nori. Smelt (a small minnow-like fish) roe is then sprinkled on the outside.

When I got my fantasy rolls the first thing I noticed was that there were two pieces of crab in each roll. This seemed like a lot of meat to put in one roll, but since the meat is the only major ingredient in fantasy rolls that was okay. My problem wasn’t the amount of meat, but the fact that it was crab meat, which I am not a fan of.

While I was weary of eating that much crab meat, I ate the fantasy rolls anyway. The taste was much better than I expected and was actually pretty good.

The crab flavor was a little strong, but it wasn’t really overpowering. However, I do think the second piece of crab was unnecessary.

While I didn’t actually notice the spicy mayo or smelt roe particularly, they must have had a bigger impact on the flavor than I realized. I don’t believe I would have enjoyed the sushi at all if all I was able to taste was the crab meat in it. So while the mayo and roe didn’t stand out as big flavors, the subtle changes they made on the sushi had a big effect on the overall flavor.

With that being said, the most prominent flavor in the fantasy roll was still by far that of the crab meat. While the flavor isn’t bad, I definitely wouldn’t want to eat many of these rolls by themselves. I would always prefer to have something to dip these in (I usually like to dip my sushi in either shrimp sauce or soy sauce) or another food to go with them (in my case I did have some tuna rolls with the fantasy rolls).

Overall, the fantasy rolls were good, but not good enough to become one of my favorites. I might order them again sometime in the future, but probably not very regularly.

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.