Sushi started out as street food in Japan in the 8th century. But it wouldn’t arrive in the US in earnest until the 1960s with the opening of Kawafuku in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Consisting of seasoned rice and seaweed wrapped around a variety of ingredients including raw fish, tempura, fruit, and vegetables, sushi’s rising popularity signaled a change in the American palate. TV dinners and “meat and potatoes” style offerings were fading and giving way to more luxurious types of cuisine. The creation of the California roll, sushi filled with imitation crab and avocado rather than raw fish, accelerated sushi’s standing as its flavors were a bit more accessible. Now sushi has become a go-to option for diners looking for something quick, easy, and affordable. And due to the variety of ways to customize any sushi roll, your team will love a sushi platter buffet lunch!
Here is a quick lesson in sushi terminology: Maki is a classic sushi roll that is made with rice, seaweed, and fillings like fish or vegetables. Sashimi is a simple but delicious dish that features raw fish with no rice. Nigiri, on the other hand, is composed of raw fish placed on top of small clumps of sushi rice. Sushi rice is sticky and has a unique flavor due to the addition of rice vinegar. It's worth noting that brown rice is not commonly used in sushi making as it doesn't have the same stickiness as sushi rice. Additionally, while most fish can be enjoyed raw, shrimp is always cooked and has a pink or red color when prepared. Keep in mind that not all sushi contains raw fish!
Most sushi is gluten-free but soy sauce is generally not. It's also important to note that California rolls are generally not gluten-free because imitation crab meat contains gluten.
Sushi burritos were created by Peter Yen in the 2000s in San Francisco but we file them under Hawaiian on CaterCow! That’s because sushi burritos and poke are frequently included on the same menus for Hawaiian restaurants.
What goes well with sushi platter buffets?
Popular sides include edamame, gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), wakame seaweed salad and veggie spring rolls. Soy sauce, wasabi and ginger are included with each order.
How much should I order for my team?
Most sushi rolls are 6 pieces and the average person is typically satisfied with around 12 pieces. Specialty rolls such as Dragon Rolls and Spider Rolls are larger and have premium pricing. Those options are often 8 pieces. For a more filling meal, we recommend ordering an average of 18 pieces per person on your team.
Are there vegan and vegetarian options for Sushi platter buffets?
Yes! Many rolls are not filled with any sort of fish or meat so your vegan and vegetarian team members can enjoy alternatives such as cucumber, jalapeno, avocado and more!
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