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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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.