Sasazushi : I Enjoyed the Sushi Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves
The other day, my family got a sushi pack from our neighbor, so I tried a piece and savored the taste of the sushi.
I had this type of sushi for the first time in a while. Like a specialty of Niigata “Sasa Dango (笹団子)” dumplings, the sushi I enjoyed the other day was wrapped in “Sasa (笹)” as well.
Sasa-Zushi (笹寿司) from Ishikawa Prefecture
The sushi our neighbor gave us is a type of sushi called “Sasazushi (笹寿司)”. The sushi name is composed of 2 Japanese words, “Sasa (笹)” meaning bamboo grass and “Zushi (寿司)” with the same meaning as “Sushi (寿司)”.
As you can see from the photo and the food name, Sasa-Zushi is a type of sushi whose vinegared rice and sushi toppings are wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Sasa-Zushi is known as a specialty of Ishikawa Prefecture. In fact, these are Sasazushi produced and sold by a food company located in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa.
The local sushi Ishikawa boasts is made with 2 bamboo leaves and double-wrapped.
The sushi ingredient of this Sasazushi is a slice of salmon. The grains of the vinegared rice join together into a lump, because in the final production process the sushi is finished applying pressure.
The rice and topping of this Sasazushi are somewhat vinegary as compared to the regular sushi offered by sushi restaurants. In the city of Hakusan and the Noto area of Ishikawa, Sasazushi is an essential food for festivals.
The Sushi Topping for Sasazushi
Other than salmon, typical sushi toppings for Sasazushi are trout, sea bream, and dolphinfish, and additionally Abura Age is sometimes used as a main ingredient.
Small toppings, such as thinly sliced shoga and lemon, sakura shrimps, sesame seeds, and nori seaweed, also sometimes accompany the main ingredient.
(Reference Page : Wikipedia 笹寿司 )