Sasazushi: I Enjoyed the Bamboo Leaf Wrapped Sushi
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 the Niigata’s specialty “Sasa Dango (笹団子)” dumplings, the sushi I enjoyed 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)”. Incidentally, its name is a compound word composed of “Sasa (笹)” meaning bamboo grass in Japanese and “Zushi (寿司)” with the same meaning as “Sushi (寿司)”.
As you can see in the photo above, Sasa-Zushi is the sushi whose vinegared rice and sushi topping are double-wrapped in bamboo leaves. These are Sasazushi produced and sold by a food company located in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa.
Actually, Sasazushi is known as a local specialty of Ishikawa Prefecture, and in the city of Hakusan and the Noto area of Ishikawa, Sasazushi is an essential food for festivals.
The sushi ingredient in this Sasazushi is a thin slice of salmon, and the vinegared rice grains pack together into a lump, for in the final production process the sushi is finished by applying pressure.
Both the rice and salmon in this Sasazushi are somewhat vinegary compared to regular sushi pieces offered by sushi restaurants.
Sushi Toppings for Sasazushi
Other than salmon, typical sushi ingredients for Sasazushi are trout, sea bream, and dolphinfish, and additionally, Abura Age is sometimes used as the main topping.
Also, the main ingredient is sometimes garnished with small toppings, such as thinly sliced ginger and lemon, sakura shrimps, sesame seeds, and nori seaweed.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 笹寿司 )