March 20th, 2009, 08:07 PM
I think eel sounds pretty exotic, but an eel and cucumber or eel and avocado roll is fairly tame on the tongue.
I also think that with some of the "spicy" rolls, you can't really tell what you're eating anyway. Spicy shrimp is probably not very intimidating.
If you want really tame, a California roll is about as pedestrian as it gets. Imitation crab (it's really fish), so there's nothing "dangerous" about it. And if you're a sushi virgin, it lets you start slow and maybe figure out the condiments (e.g. wasabi, soy sauce, and ginger). And if you really want baby steps, you can go from California roll to California roll rolled in roe.
I'd throw soft-shell crab rolls in there for a sushi-wary person. It's crab, and it's cooked.
Oh, and those tempura-battered rolls? Those are cooked and fried, usually with salmon inside. That's pretty tame, too.
March 21st, 2009, 09:53 AM
Ironic, given your moniker (and yes, I know it's a euphamism). Regular shrimp rolls or shrimp tempura rolls use cooked shrimp, so it's an easy intro. Unagi (fresh water eel) may be a good option for your second visit, but for those that have never tried it: TRY IT! It's absolutely yummy. A bit of a funky texture (squishy yet crunchy in parts), but it's sweet with the sauce they drizzle on it. Personally I love salmon. If you do as well you might try it. If you've had lox I'm pretty sure you'd be okay. California rolls are always a good starter since they don't incorporate raw fish.
Originally Posted by FishMonger
If you like what you taste, maybe go for some white tuna. Albacore, yellowtail, and as white trash as it may be a philly roll (salmon and cream cheese) is a guilty pleasure of mine.
Funkiest stuff I've ever had was sweet shrimp (hated the texture!) and perhaps uni.
The first time I ever had sushi I went with my brother and his then-girlfriend-now-wife and basically ate whatever they put in front of me. I loved everything I had even though I had no idea what I was eating. Probably, if you're lucky you won't like it. If you do, well, you can kiss thousands of dollars over your lifetime away as you'll forever be searching for your next sushi fix.
March 21st, 2009, 11:59 AM
Forget the soy sauce, get the eel sauce!
March 21st, 2009, 12:07 PM