Toronto Star Exposes Sushi Scam
- jayt90 May 9, 2009 06:16 AM
The Star has tested (by DNA bank comparison) 12 sushi restaurants in Toronto, to see whether they are accurate in menu description and presentation of Japanese Sea Bream, Red Snapper, or Tilapia. Here is a link to the article: http://www.thestar.com/living/article...
I understand red Sea Bream is farmed in Japan, for sushi, and possibly to better standards than farmed and frozen tilapia, which can come from 'anywhere'. .
Genuine Red Snapper is usually wild, but there is some farming of Snapper, and I believe I have seen them in tanks at T&T.
The gist of the article is"You get what you pay for", and "caveat emptor".
Interesting and not surprising - Toronto is not a sushi town.
I don't understand how you could enjoy tilapia sushi - is it better raw perhaps? - it tastes like nothing and it's texture is meh.
BTW red snapper is on the bad list due to overfishing. If that kinda stuff's important to y'all check this out: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...
This situation is so depressing considering how beloved sushi is by most people and that they (most people I know) are willing to spend more money than usual for it. In Vancouver it is so different (obviously): people demand quality and sustainability.
Oceanwise, a conservation program started by the Vancouver Aquarium is fast becoming the standard for all restaurants that serve fish in the city. Nice.
I rarely eat fish here, so few fishmongers that care and in the grocery store they're rarely able to answer your questions.
I'd also add to your gist list "Wise up, chump." GTA fish counter patrons have long been rooked in the old "red snapper" scam, where other species are routinely passed off as the real deal. In past years, it was possible see a half dozen species sold as "red snapper" around DT TO when the genuine article was nowhere to be seen. The sushi scam is just more of the same. AYCE sushi joints really are a mug's game.
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