With more and more sushi appearing in British supermarkets alongside the more traditional sandwich, it seems the quintessential Japanese dish has been well and truly accepted. And in honour of this adoption – coupled with a very British take on it – the annual Original Sushi Competition will soon be celebrating its fifth outing.
Billed as British Sushi – and rather optimistically ‘a revolutionary new fusion cuisine’ – the contest encourages contestants to produce original dishes; using any ingredients they like providing it includes rice. A concept that admittedly conjures up images of a meat pie or a boiled potato balancing precariously atop a dainty bed of rice. However looking at some of the creations from past contests, such stereotypical suggestions are far from reality. Very far in fact.
Except perhaps the kipper based offering. A dish that might be met with suspicion by the average Japanese diner. Yet one that will surely go down a treat with a pint of warm beer or a lovely cup of (black) tea.