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!

Salmon Roll

This time when I ordered salmon rolls, I actually got salmon rolls, not spicy salmon rolls. They look pretty much like tuna rolls, though the taste is a little different.

Salmon rolls are made by simply wrapping salmon in rice and nori. It’s a very basic roll, but that’s not always a bad thing!

While the two are very similar, salmon rolls do have a different flavor than their tuna counterparts. The salmon has a more mild flavor than tuna and also has a different texture. I’ve honestly never been much of a fan of the texture of salmon in sushi, but the flavor is good.

The texture of the salmon is kind of “mushy,” but it’s not a problem as  long as the fish stays inside the rice and nori. If it slips out while being chewed, however, I can’t stand the texture by itself.

There aren’t many flavors in salmon rolls, so it’s good to dip them in soy sauce or something similar. Since the flavor of the salmon is milder than that of the tuna, salmon rolls are a little more bland, though they do still taste good.

There really isn’t much special about salmon rolls. They aren’t very interesting rolls, yet they’re still very good. However, tuna does seem to be a better choice of meat than salmon in this case. I probably won’t order salmon rolls again, simply because I prefer tuna in this case.

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.

Philadelphia Roll

When I ordered Philadelphia rolls, I was expecting something similar to Boston rolls. However, what I got was actually much different. And in this case, that difference was not exactly a good thing.

Philadelphia rolls are made from salmon, cream cheese, and avocado. All of the ingredients are then wrapped in rice and nori as usual.

When I first tasted the Philadelphia rolls, I thought they were pretty good. However, soon after this the full flavor of the sushi hit me and realized they were not so great.

The main issue to me was the amount of cream cheese. I am not a fan of cream cheese and there was a lot of it in the rolls.

Even if I liked cream cheese there was still too much of it. The amount of cream cheese in the roll was just too overpowering. The cream cheese was almost the only ingredient I could taste.

Another issue I had with the sushi was the texture. Between the cream cheese and avocado, the rolls really lack much solid content.

The mushy texture of the sushi certainly didn’t help it taste any better. Even the salmon, which was the most solid ingredient in the roll, has a somewhat mushy texture itself.

If there was less cream cheese and avocado in the roll, the taste and texture would certainly improve. Although I think there should still be more ingredients in the Philadelphia rolls just to add more to the flavor. With only cream cheese, avocado, and salmon, there isn’t much variety in the flavor.

Overall the texture and flavor of the sushi made it not very enjoyable to eat. In fact, Philadelphia rolls are the first kind of sushi that I didn’t finish eating because I didn’t like them. Even when I drenched them in soy sauce (which is my usual technique for masking flavors I don’t like), I couldn’t keep eating them.

Maybe Philadelphia rolls would be better with the ingredients used in different proportions or with something added to give them some texture, but either way I won’t be ordering them again.