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California roll--what's that orange stuff?

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So I had some California sushi rolls that were coated in a grainy orange substance on the outside of the roll. What exactly is that stuff and, if I wanted to make it myself, can I buy it somewhere?

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  1. That is flying fish roe or tobiko (alt. sp: tobikko).
    I suggest that you google it and you will learn far more than I can tell you about here.

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    1. re: JonL

      These days, cal rolls are more likely to have masago instead of tobiko. It is cheaper and in something like cal rolls where cost is more important than the flavor of the roe, an adequate substitute

      Real tobiko can be quite good as a sushi item by itself. Not so with masago.

    2. As JonL said, flying fish roe. You can usually pick it up frozen in an asian market.

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      1. re: porker

        I see it in jars at Safeway.

        although red more often. nice crunch factor.

        1. re: hill food

          Yeah, sometimes we'll eat sushi then go out to a movie. I'll be watching Angelina Jolie killing bad guys and be picking out individual flying fish eggs outta my teeth, popping them one by one...

        1. I once worked with a Japanese chef in Chicago. In an attempt to bond with him I mentioned that I loved tobiko. He snorted and said "so do my children." It's fish eggs with corn syrup and food coloring: fish candy.

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          1. re: almansa

            S'ok Almansa- I love tobiko too. I had NO idea it had corn syrup! I wonder if it's true for all types- black, red, orange...