The history of Jewish home cooking is as long as Mel Brook's History of the World. Still, warm feeling arise in me every time I think about Friday mornings with my Polish grandma. Together, we used to cook her famous chicken soup. Until this very day, I see my self as a young boy, standing beside her in the kitchen. The secret recipe of tap water and frozen chicken was circling around the family for generations.
I remember one day, I was reaching out for a stinky old potato out of the bag and throwing it into the garbage. My grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who never threw food away, slapped me on the hand, took the potato out of the trash and dunked it straight into her famous soup. That's Jewish cooking for you. But the Jewish kitchen has evolved since. In our days, keeping kosher is even considered a healthy trend among many people.
Keeping kosher doesn't only mean gefilte fish - it also means Sushi. The people of Israel couldn't wait for the bread when they were escaping Egypt - think of how much time they would've saved if they prepared sushi - you don't even have to cook the fish! Passover could have been a lot more interesting if we were fleeing Japan instead.
If we take out sea food, we'll be surprised to discover that the Japanese kitchen is pretty kosher like. The Japanese never mix meat and dairy products in their cuisine. So kosher sushi is all about ingredients. Find yourselves a good kosher nori (sea weed paper) and you'll also need some soy sauce and wasabi. If you go for a vegetarian sushi, you're pretty much covered. You can come up with wonderful, colorful sushi, using only vegetables. Cucumbers, avocados, sweet potatoes - just roll'em'up and you got yourself a healthy Japanese meal. The sky is the limit and any combination can work out.
When making kosher sushi you should remember that eels, shrimps, octopus, squids, scallops, crabs or sea urchin are not so kosher. We'll just have to let them swim in the ocean or do whatever their do best, and concentrate on fish that are blessed with fins and scales. If we decide to put fish in the dish, let's go for a mix of two worlds.
Let's make a traditional Japanese sushi deluxe into a modern Jewish sushi de-lox. All you need to do is roll up a nice smoked salmon, spread some cream cheese, and you can even add in chives for color and get yourself a real Japanese-Jewish fusion dish.
But I always say "why bother?" Why work so hard at home when you can get a good piece of sushi, if not even better, when you eat outside. Try spoiling yourself with a real kosher sushi meal. If you live around New York you should defiantly try Sushi K Bar. From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at www.sushikbar.com and get yourself a roll with the freshest quality Sushi in town.
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Sushi K Bar was founded in 2006 with a single location and one dream: to create the finest sushi and bring it to as many lovers of fine food as possible. Today, with expanded menu and 5 locations in the New York area - we're proud serve the best Kosher Sushi out there.