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Frozen sushi anyone?

Has anyone heard of or tried frozen sushi?

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  1. Freezing the rice ruins it. I know this by accident.

    1. There's an ethnic Ainu dish from the North of Japan (hokkaido) called Ruibe which is basically the partially frozen sashimi of salmon.

      I recall a chowhound review of a korean owned sushi bar in LA serving partially frozen sushi. The reviewer was told this is how it is 'supposed' to be served....not sure though.

      Mind you -asking what is fresh today at an ABC sushi restaurant is a bad question -- most of the stuff is frozen --almost 100% of the time for the yellowtail and salmon as well as spicy tuna.

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      1. re: kare_raisu

        I don't know if this is what you are referring to, but at Arado in LA they have a dish in which they serve frozen toro that you wrap in unsalted dried seaweed and a dab of sesame oil. the toro quite literally melts in your mouth. it's good!
        but that's probably one of the few instances where frozen sushi is good.

      2. I could swear Costco sells (or used to) sushi in a bag in its freezer department... microwave and serve. Needless to say, I've never tried it.

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        1. re: amandine

          I wonder if you can remember which Costco ie.which city? I'm curious to track it down. Thanks.

          1. re: sexysumo

            I am pretty sure it was the Costco in Mountain View, CA-- Rengstorff exit off the 101.

                1. re: amandine

                  I've also heard of actual nigiri sushi frozen and microwaved.

                  1. re: amandine

                    Thanks for the url! Much appreciated!

            1. re: amandine

              that's got to be the most revolting thing i've heard in a while. what will they think of next?

              1. re: epop

                hmmm, fried Snicker's bars? oh wait...

            2. i've seen frozen chirashi bowls in japanese stores. though i'm curious as to what they're like, i doubt i'll give it a try.

              1. Do you mean served frozen? There are several Korean-Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles that serve tuna slightly/very frozen (Odaesan comes to mind). And I do mean frozen. Either crunchy in the middle, or downright rock solid.

                If you mean flash frozen on site and then shipped around the world and defrosted before serving, most of the sushi we see in this country has been treated this way--even at the most expensive restaurants. And no, previously frozen doesn't always mean sub par quality.

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                1. re: Pei

                  Why is it served frozen? Doesn't it mute the taste? I've never had sushi served this way before.

                  1. re: laguera

                    It does mute the taste. Our waitress, and later a few Korean friends, say that many Koreans find tuna stinky so want to mute the flavor. The other fish are served as at any Japanese restaurant.

                    My friend likes to say "We Koreans like our hot food hot and our cold food cold." Examples: boiling tofu pots, flaming barbecue, soup noodles with crushed ice floating in it, and sushi served on slabs of ice (which my parents ate in Korea).

                    1. re: Pei

                      Hmmm interesting. I've never thought of sushi tuna as stinky. Thanks for the explanation.

                      1. re: laguera

                        Yeah. The frozen fish really is not my cup of tea at all, nor do I find tuna stinky. To each his own!

                        1. re: laguera

                          I haven't heard the stinky tuna story before though I have a lot of korean friends. in any case i hate the frozen tuna and i never eat hwedupbab anymore unless i make it. actually i was watching a korean video on how to make sushi (long story) and the guy did not say anythinga bout using frozen tuna in hwedupbab and he himself used fresh fish in the video. actually his hwedupbab was the best looking one i've ever seen and the only one i'd actually want to eat.

                      2. re: laguera

                        It's packed as frozen like a frozen entree!

                    2. It seems there are a lot of replies that are assuming the OP is talking about frozen COMPONENTS (that is, fish) of sushi, not frozen sushi.

                      1. I always eat my sashimi ice cold (when eating at home) and I'm half korean so maybe that has something to do with it. I also slice my fish very thick, unlike the japanese which tend to slice their fish fairly thin.

                        I usually throw fish into the freezer, let it "thaw" in the sink for an hour, usually less, and then slice it. Sometimes I think it tastes better ice cold. I love to let the fish sit on my tongue and let it melt. Also sometimes this way, I don't even need wasabi or soy. I only do this with cheap fish though, I doubt that I would do this to a fresh and expensive fish.

                        1. Thanks everyone for your feedback on frozen sushi. All comments very educational and informative.

                          Listen, what I have tried is actual sushi - nigiri sushi - frozen and packed in a box and kept frozen. When you want to eat it, you take it out of the box to thaw and "lightly" micro-waved. It was a sample from a friend who got it from a manufacturer.

                          Has anyone seen this product on the market? I see in one reply that it might be in Costco?

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                          1. re: sexysumo

                            I know the guys at this Banzai Sushi that specializes in making and distributing frozen sushi.


                            They're really smart guys, and the business looks amazing.

                          2. I've seen an article in a cooking magazine that mentioned this as something that is coming out in the market soon (not sure when). But yes, it's supposed to be a new technology that keep the fish fresh and the rice intact during the microwave process.

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                            1. re: JoLi

                              Thanks for feedback. Appreciate it!