Hi everyone! It's been awhile - hope you're all doing well!
I'm sailing on the NCL Gem in March (and it can't come soon enough!) and one of the things I'm really looking forward to is trying sushi. I don't eat usually rice (long story - for dietary reasons), and was curious: can you get rice-less sushi? Is that just sashimi? Or can you get seaweed rolls with everything but rice? As you can see, I don't know much about sushi! I love seafood though, so I'm eager to learn.
Any input from veterans foodies is much appreciated!
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I can't answer the question about riceless sushi, however, if you don't get an answer prior to sailing, here's my suggestion.
At the sushi bar, the sushi chefs usually prepare the fish and other ingredients in the afternoon, prior to the sushi bar opening in the evening. I would stop by the sushi bar and speak directly with the sushi chefs. They speak english, and I am sure they will answer any questions that you might have. I know they will have the answers. This way you get the info directly from the chefs, no speculation on what they will do, or what they won't do.
can you get rice-less sushi? Is that just sashimi?
Sushi is the word for the rice used in making the rolls although it has been expanded by common usage, including the belief that "sushi" is raw fish by many. Sashimi is just the raw fish. Thus if it doesn't have the rice then it isn't really sushi.
I am a fan of sashimi and the accompanying dipping sauces over sushi although I like both.
Perhaps if you speak to the chefs they will prepare a special order for you.
...and just about 21 days for us before we board Pearl.
Had an interesting experience years ago with sashimi...business dinner...lots of "high powered" customers buying us dinner. Sashimi was served as an appetizer with a wonderful sauce. Of course, when I first looked at it I wasn’t so sure it was wonderful. However, not wanting to insult our hosts who were also customers, off I went with full vigor!
Like Dave, it is now my preferred Japanese fare. I love sushi too (I love to eat!). I have also had “sushi” that wasn’t really sushi but riceless rolls wrapped in cucumber and stuffed with all sorts of wonderful things.
I agree that the best approach is to talk to the chef – knowing NCL’s reputation for service I think you’ll be able to get them to experiment and they’ll probably enjoy that as it will be a break from the norm.