Sasa Zushi : My family got the Sushi wrapped in bamboo leaves

The other day, my family got a sushi pack from our neighbor, so I tried a piece in the pack and savored the taste of the sushi. Actually, I had this type of sushi for the first time in a while. Like Sasa Dango (笹団子), a specialty food of Niigata Prefecture I introduced a while ago, the sushi I enjoyed the other day also has “Sasa (笹)”.

“Sasa Zushi (笹寿司)” from Ishikawa Prefecture 

The sushi our neighbor gave us is a type of sushi called “Sasa Zushi (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 where vinegared rice and sushi topping are wrapped in bamboo leaves. Sasa Zushi is a specialty of Ishikawa Prefecture. In fact, these are Sasa Zushi made by a food company located in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref.

The local sushi Ishikawa boasts is made with 2 bamboo leaves, so the sushi rice is double-wrapped.

The sushi ingredient of this Sasa Zushi is a slice of salmon. The grains of the vinegared rice join together into a lump because the making process of Ishikawa’s Sasa Zushi is finished applying pressure.

The rice and topping of Sasa Zushi are somewhat vinegary as compared to regular sushi served at sushi restaurants. In the city of Hakusan and the Noto area of Ishikawa, Sasa Zushi is an essential dish for festivals.

The ingredient of Sasa Zushi

Other than salmon, typical main ingredients of Sasa Zushi include trout, sea bream, and dolphinfish, and Abura Age is also used as a main ingredient. Small toppings, such as thinly sliced shoga and lemon, sakura shrimp, sesame seeds and nori seaweed, sometimes accompany the main ingredient.

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 笹寿司 )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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