Sushi Sushi!

May 2, 2011

If there was one reason I was excited to visit Asia it would be for the Sushi: perfectly cooked, vinegar-ed rice rolled up like a fine Cuban around a dried seaweed wrap and topped with seafood or vegetables. Like the dumpling, Sushi is a simple concept but a difficult one to master.

Fresh, raw filets of Tuna, Salmon, and Cuttlefish. This Sushi is known as "Sashimi."

Sushi is edible art that requires concentration and impeccably fresh fish. Some people even devote their entire lives to this delightful bite-full. If you have never experienced Sushi, you really need to do so and quickly. Just please do not eat any of the gas station Sushi. I don’t care if it comes free with the fill-up.

A conveyor belt is the best waitress. Fast, efficient, and doesn't turn me down when I ask for a phone number.

The Sushi restaurant I went to was in an underground portion of Taipei Main Train Station. This underground station is a bustle of activity with restaurants and shops everywhere you look. People are constantly coming and going and in need of a quick bite to eat before going home, to work, or to play. The Station certainly has its everyday food courts with quick stir-fry restaurants and even a Burger King but it also has candy stores, coffee shops (including Starbucks), shoe stores, and nicer sit- down restaurants. Whatever your pleasure is you can find it there. Now about that Sushi restaurant…

Fried shrimp Sushi. Finger lickin' good

Miso Soup: Fermented soybean paste just like mom used to make.

I sat at the “bar” area where I was able to watch the Sushi chef skillfully use her knife to carve the fish and vegetables and I even watched her pull out a propane torch in order to caramelize the tops of some of the Sushi. She then placed the Sushi on various colored plates depending on price ($45 for a purple plate, $55 for a yellow plate, etc… $1 U.S. = $29 New Taiwan Dollars). She then layed the plates on a conveyor belt that encircled the bar / kitchen area and diners selected the Sushi they would like to eat as it passed by. In this situation, much like gambling, your losses add up quickly. At first you think, “It’s only a couple of bucks” and then the plates start stacking up and you’ve eating your fair share of $20 worth of Sushi! Don’t get me wrong, it is still a bargain and I totally intend on doing it again but I could have easily spent another $10 in there.

I spent how much?!

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