I don`t usually write about store-bought food, but this one is an exception. A huge one. Because I am truly in love with this sushi and I knew it from the very first bite. Last summer, I vividly remember how I was amazed by a pack of sushi my labmate brought from her grandma`s town, Toyama prefecture. It was "masu no sushi" or "masu sushi" and although I`ve honestly thought the fish was salmon, my friend who brought it told me it was trout.
Having lived in Japan for 6.5 years now, you probably can imagine how my life here is surrounded with so many varieties of sushi. But eating sushi brought as a souvenir? Obviously last summer was my first time. And since the masu sushi has impressively wowed me with its presentation and delicacy, this year, I specifically (and politely, of course) asked her if she could bring me that sushi again from her hometown. And she said, no problem. She even asked me which grade I wanted. I didn`t even know they have grades! But I simply asked for the affordable one.
Anyway, she was finally back to the lab, with this delightful box. I was so ecstatic I felt like I had to hug her!
Have you ever seen sushi in a box like this? At a glance, I wouldn`t know it was sushi inside.
Inside the box, there is a round flat-bottomed wooden container with a lid tightly pressed over it. It`s like a miniature of hangiri, a wooden rice bowl used for preparing sushi rice.
And inside the box there comes the next wrapper, bamboo leaves. Oh, so exciting!
And beneath the leaves, there is a beautiful peachy orange color filling up the whole space.
The package comes with a set of plastic cutter, chopsticks, and soy sauce. Perfect.Look at this. A cake. Last year, I seriously thought it was a cake. Covered with fish.
So, a slice for me with wasabi on top. I mean, the first slice. Trust me, you won`t stop with one slice.
Unlike regular sushi where the rice is considerably fluffy, the rice in this masu sushi is really dense and sticky with stronger sweetness, hence the thought of cake, or probably sticky sweet rice cake. You might think that sweet rice with fish won`t do well, but believe me, this one works just wonderful.
And the second slice to come soon.