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Around the world in 8 sushi dishes

BY Anna Walker

1st Jan 2015 Recipes

Around the world in 8 sushi dishes

Sushi is a popular dish the world over and each country manages to put its own spin on the traditional Japanese food. We’re taking a trip around the globe in eight distinctive sushi dishes.

Canada, sushi pizza

sushi pizza
Image via Wiki

One of the more unusual culture clashes, this Canadian dish brings together two foodie passions; pizza and sushi.

Chewy rice patties are topped with layers of sliced avocado, sliced salmon, tuna meat, mayonnaise and wasabi powder.

Sushi pizza is now so popular that it has become one of Toronto’s signature dishes, along with the peameal bacon sandwich.


Thailand, deep fried sushi

deep fried sushi
Image via Club Lexus

KFC has some distinctly chicken-free items on its Thai menu. Lukcy visitors to the fast-food chain’s Thailand stores could find themselves tucking in to some deep fried sushi.

The whole roll is dipped into the fryer, and the meal typically consists of a Maki Roll dipped in tempura batter and then fried. Yum.


Germany, rollmops


Rollmops are Germany’s answer to sushi; pickled herring fillets, rolled around a savoury filling (usually olives, or gherkins) and held together with small wooden skewers.

This delicacy is served ready to eat, pickled in jars. The origins of the dish goes back to medieval times where they served as a useful way to transport fish, especially during times of fasting such as Lent.

Many Germans swear by rollmops as a foolproof hangover cure. 


USA, sushi burrito 

We’re not sure how to feel about this one. San Francisco and Palo Alto, USA, can proudly proclaim to be the exclusive home of the sushi burrito.

Essentially a giant sushi roll, diners can choose from a range of classic sushi flavours such as yellowtail-stuffed Satori.


Japan, the original and the best

Japanese sushi
Image via Learn Japan

Japan is the spiritual home of sushi. Indeed the world’s oldest kind of sushi, narezushi, is still made in the country by wrapping fish in soured, fermenting rice.

Chef Hanaya Yohei invented contemporary Japanese sushi at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868). An early form of fast food, the size of this sushi was about three times that we consume today.

Today, Japanese sushi comes in all shapes and sizes, inspiring dishes around the world. The common ingredient across all its forms is vinegared rice. Throughout Japan sushi is eaten using your hands, even in formal settings.


France, Sushi Shop

giant sushi rolls

As a student abroad in the US, Sushi Shop founder Gregory Marciano fell in love with fresh, creative sushi. When he returned to France, he became frustrated that he could no longer enjoy the authentic taste, and so Sushi Shop was born.

Starting the business with his friend Herve, the pair settled on their signature sushi box delivery service because they couldn’t afford to open a restaurant. Now their unique sushi dishes are available in over 11 countries around the world, including England. 

New dishes for 2016 include Volcano and Tempura Dragon rolls and delicious beef Donburi. With stores now opening in London, Sushi Shop is a one-stop-shop for a taste of French-style sushi, without hopping on the Eurostar.

little miss sushi

Thanks to their brand new collaboration with Mr Men and Little Miss, Sushi Shop is now the perfect place to introduce your children to sushi. 

Their colourful limited-edition box features three delicious new recipes that will win over even the fussiest taste buds and is large enough for the family to share. 


Norway, salmon rolls

salmon rolls

Before the 1970s, Japan enjoyed a self-sufficient seafood industry and did not import a single piece of fish, or use salmon in any of its sushi. That all changed in the 1980s, when Japan began trade with Norway and salmon entered the sushi scene.

Norway have a heavy hand to play when it comes to creating iconic sushi dishes then, and their take on the dish juggles elements of both Nordic and Japanese cuisine.

Traditional Nordic cooking methods, like curing, graving and smoking are used to treat the fish, which is mixed with Japanese flavours including wasabi, seaweed and bonito.


Russia, chicken and cream

Russian sushi
Pickled beets, cabbage, Tofurkey Beer Brat, and faux sour cream dipping sauce with horseradish. Image via Melanie Spiller

Somewhat surprisingly, sushi is incredibly popular in Russia. If you speak to a Russian about a roll, they will assume you mean a sushi roll, not a bread one. In fact, sushi shops are as common in Russia as fried chicken shops in the UK.

Russian sushi is tailored to the country’s tastes. Cream cheese, mayonnaise and chicken are used liberally and sushi rolls are often topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

Sushi in this part of the world is so unrecognisable from its Japanese cousins that almost every ingredient of the roll has been substituted to become more Russian. In place of rice, there could be buckwheat. In place of cream cheese, sour cream. Sausage is often used instead of fish, and the whole thing will likely be wrapped in thin pancakes instead of seaweed. 

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