It was a pleasant refreshing Saturday afternoon in Quito. I always have crazy desires to try out very adventurous and risky things in every aspect of life. This implies in the case of trying out new cuisines too. To add up to it my roommate in Quito, Bhumika is also a real foodie and a pure non vegetarian and little more curious than me in trying out new cuisines. Our hot target was “SUSHI” this time. Nearest mall from our apartment is Quicentro. From somewhere we came to know that there is a place in Quicentro where we can have Sushi. But we had only 1% knowledge about Sushi. We just knew that, Sushi is a kind of Japanese dish made of fish.
Firstly, we headed towards the Carolina Park for a nice evening walk. Quicentro is at stone’s throw of Carolina. After the walk we went to the topmost floor where the food court is situated. There was our most awaited Sushi Bar. Our eyes started sparkling at the gorgeous glance of “the sushi bar”. A beautiful lady at the counter handed over us the attractive menu who hardly knew English. In the second page we could see huge list of various types of Sushis. We had zero idea what to choose from that long list. Lady at the counter seemed to be lesser helpful compared to her beauty. Not her fault, Communication gap!!!! Thankfully, a man at his early forties with matured looks approached us who was one of the attenders of the Sushi Bar. He was a life savior. He spoke pretty good English. As per as his suggestion we ordered for a Sushi worth $4. We were too excited and impatiently waited for the order to be placed at our desk. To add up the excitement, that man got some kind of starter for free. Finally after that long impatient wait a small piece of well decorated bowl was placed in front of us with a tiny piece of ingredient exactly at the centre of the bowl. Careful inspection reflected the faded red colored solidified rice with raw looking faded red colored fish stuck to it! I hesitated little bit. After all, the looks decides half the taste of the food in front of you! I could see Bhumika was restless and already gulped a bite. I asked for her suggestion and she had a very mysterious complicated smile at her face. To some extent she knew my kind of taste. Anyways I gathered the courage of my life and opened my mouth for the first bite of Sushi…….
Ooops… ! No offence but at that fraction of a second I had millions of strange inexplicable thoughts! I somehow controlled my puke to burst out from inside. But anyways it is just my personal taste gland which might not match with the entire world! Thanks to Bhumika who saved my $4 and gulped my entire remaining piece leaving the rice part for me to have
NB: straight from http://www.wikipedia.com:
Sushi (すし、寿司, 鮨, 鮓, 寿斗, 寿し, 壽司?) is a traditional Japanese dish. It consists of a fermented fish and rice, preserved with salt. The term sushi comes from an archaic grammatical form no longer used in other contexts; literally, “sushi” means “it’s sour”, a reflection of its historic fermented roots.
The science behind the fermentation of fish packed in rice is that the vinegar produced from fermenting rice breaks the fish down into amino acids. This results in one of the five basic tastes, called umami in Japanese. The oldest form of sushi in Japan, narezushi, still very closely resembles this process. In Japan, narezushi evolved into oshizushi and ultimately Edomae nigirizushi, which is what the world today knows as “sushi”.